Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sovereignty of God

Then Job replied to the Lord: "I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:1-2

My little Oxford dictionary defines “thwarted” as frustrated, failed, stopped, baffled, blocked, or stymied. If I hadn’t looked up the word, I would have interpreted that scripture as “God’s plans cannot be stopped.” But the definition revealed more to me.

I can be pretty determined at times. And some of those determined times require perseverance which generally comes with frustration. James 1 says the perseverance is a good thing because it helps us to become mature and complete. In other words, each trial in our life can move us closer to the way God intends us to be.

With that thought in mind, I am amazed as I study God’s sovereignty this week: the way he IS.

Sometimes, it is easy for me to say God is big and in control. That’s a fact. But how big is he? How in control is he? This is what blows my mind.

God is so big and so in control that he doesn’t even get frustrated when others mess with his plans. He knows, without a doubt, that he is in control of everything.

What has you baffled today? Persevere my friend, God is in control. His plan will not fail.


Kathryn said...

Thanks for this thought. I hadn't quite thought about it like that. I guess God wouldn't get frustrated, even when I do stupid stuff. But maybe it will help me to have more patience as well.

Brenda Nixon said...

It's always an encouragement to be reminded that God is in control. We need not fear or get frustrated. Thanks for sharing Lisa.

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