Do predicaments in life ever seem to be overwhelming and unsolvable? Do you ever feel like the storm swirling around you is simply too much? Well, the Bible teaches us that God is sovereign over everything, over the circumstances that seem like chaos to us as human beings. Nothing that you are dealing with is too complex or too trivial for the Lord. He cares deeply for our physical and emotional needs. God is sovereign over everything. He is sovereign over the crummy days when everything seems to be crashing down upon your shoulders. There is a recurring message throughout Scripture which says, “The Lord is sovereign”. If we do not grasp that truth, then we are missing out on experiencing God’s full power through Scripture. Before we take a look at some examples of God’s sovereignty in Scripture, I would like to lay out the definition of sovereign for you. According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, someone who is sovereign is “one that exercises supreme authority within a limited sphere.” Our God is the ultimate in sovereign – he exercises supreme authority over all of creation, not just within a limited sphere. He is limitless. Now let’s dig into Scripture and get our hands a little dirty.
- Daniel: As I had mentioned in my previous post, I am currently going through the book of Daniel with a Beth Moore Bible study book. Daniel and his friends were working for the king as wise men in his palace. The king made a decree that all the wise men would be killed for not being able to make known to him his dream and to interpret it. Daniel was caught in a precarious and sticky situation which could end in his death and his friends’ deaths. He immediately ran to the Lord in prayer. He recognized the power that the Lord had over this situation. The Lord then revealed the dream to Daniel in order that he would share and interpret it to the king. When I was reading today, two verses stuck out to me. Daniel 2:27-28 (ESV), “Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.” God can do what is impossible with man. He rules over situations. He has the power to give us answers to difficult questions, discretion in dangerous situations, and wisdom to make choices.
- Hannah: What is the deepest desire of your heart? Think of it now and remember it because later in this post we are going to discuss that more in depth. For Hannah, a Bible character in 1 Samuel, her greatest desire was to have children. Her husband, Elkanah, had another wife besides Hannah, who had given Elkanah children. The other wife would taunt Hannah for being barren. Hannah, just like Daniel, ran to the Lord in prayer. There is relief and power in handing over the longings of our hearts to our sovereign Lord. Hannah could not open her womb to have children. No human could open Hannah’s womb. There was a predicament, but there is a God who can bring life out of the barren wombs of our own lives. 1 Samuel 1:27 (ESV), “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him.” Do you believe that the Lord hears your requests, sees your longings, and most of all has the power to fulfill them? Do you believe that God can satisfy that desire which you thought of at the beginning of this paragraph? Isaiah 58:11 (ESV), “And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Scripture says that the Lord can satisfy us when we are dwelling in a barren land. He refreshes our souls and tends to our needs and cravings. His answers sometimes just end up looking different then we had expected. His ways are superior to our own.
- The Bleeding Woman: The story of the bleeding woman who had faith in Jesus’ healing power, is definitely close to my heart. Health troubles have a history of following me. As some of you who have read my blog for a while or know me personally know, in 2013 I struggled with a sickness for nine months that brought pain, weakness, and emotional messes into my everyday life. Praise God for when things seemed uglier and a surgery was scheduled, the Lord healed me. Then about a year ago I started having another health issue: migraines. They do not seem to have a pattern, and they threaten daily to steal my joy. They try to take me back to the place of brokenness I was at last time I was sick. However, this time I am leaning on the Lord and seeking Him daily. He gives me strength to fight and he satisfies my soul. I have no doubt that the Lord can heal me if it is in His will. Luke 8:46-48 (ESV), “But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.’And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace’.” The Lord is sovereign over physical illness and mental illness. He can command diseases to flee from our bodies.
As we have seen through these Scriptural examples, nothing is impossible with our Lord, the supreme authority over everything. Therefore we should be hitting the floor with our knees bringing our circumstances before Him first rather than immediately running to our fellow men to help us. Prayer is powerful, and the Lord always hears us. Let us be warriors of prayer.
Thank you all for reading! I hope you have a blessed week. As always may your coffee be strong.
In Christ’s Love,