This is what God the Lord says—
the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,
who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,
who gives breath to its people,
and life to those who walk on it:
6 “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
7 to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
We all relate to God in different ways at specific points in our lives. In my walk the past couple years I've met God in His sovereignty. It’s what’s sustained and renewed me in times of distress and apathy. After all, his sovereignty pulled me from a situation that I didn’t have the strength to leave on my own. His sovereignty got me a newer and better paying job. His sovereignty gave healing to my hand. His sovereignty saved me.
Truly, simply that we can call such a wonderful, awesome, powerful Lord our sovereign is an amazing gift. It’s a gift in the fact that God is a sovereign – or, ruler – who is just, full of mercy and grace, and loving like a father. God isn’t a king who sits on a throne and stays there, his rule in us weeps when we weep and moves when we move and shouts when we shout. He is a king who created a kingdom and didn’t stop there. He stepped down from his throne and became a servant to his creation so that we could know love like no other.
But that isn’t the only gift of God as sovereign. The second gift is that we get to be his people. What is a ruler without his subjects? He’s a very lonely king. So God ultimately created man to dwell with him (Rev 21). God made us in his image and crafted us in such a way that we would yearn for him and that yearning would turn to salvation and that salvation would pour out of us in worship. When we failed him (as he knew we would) it was his sovereign plan, put in place from before the beginning of time, to make a way for us so that we would not just be a people whom he ruled over, or creations who got to abide in glory, but inheritors of his heavenly kingdom (Rom 8).
It's often hard to wrap my mind around the fact that such a sovereign God even has all MY issues in hand. He knows what’s happening in my life and has known forever. Not only does he know, he’s crafted deliverance from all my trials and redemption for me.
Sometimes I just don’t feel that awesome power because I’m too caught up in things that are weighing me down. Situations and issues hang over my head like a veil and obscure my vision. But, praise God, I never stay there. He is sovereign even over my doubt and He lovingly, faithfully tears that veil from my eyes.
Every single time he does I stand before him in awe that I could ever forget the great power that my Lord has. I scold myself for doubting, even for a millisecond, the inevitability of my victory, especially in light of all the promises of it (Rom 8:37, 1 Cor 15:54, 1 John 5:4, Rev 12:11). Because his sovereignty is my sustenance. It is the attribute of his I cling to most.
His grace and mercy is amazing. His love and justice is unending. But his sovereignty is unyielding. It is the source and authority behind all his other attributes, because if he were not sovereign – if he didn’t hold that power over all other powers – his grace and mercy would be insufficient and his love and justice would fall short. So I strive daily not only to cling to my deliverer or cry out to my Father, but submit to my Lord.
So imagine my complete shock when I was asked this question at my church’s local IF gathering: What is your favorite promise God makes us? How would it look if you lived like you believed it? And I was forced to answer, in light of his sovereignty, with the painful truth.
Check back tomorrow to find out what it was.