In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

September 22, 2006

God’s Sovereignty

Psalm 103:19-22

 

Do you believe that the Lord has absolute control over our universe — including all the people in it? The best way to know what is truth is to see what God has inspired men to say about Him in Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16). God declares He is sovereign over:

 

Nature. The psalmist wrote, “Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps” (Psalm 135:6). God causes the rain to fall, the grass to grow, and vegetation to bring forth food. There isn’t a single aspect of nature over which the Lord lacks control.

 

Nations. “He makes the nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges the nations, then leads them away (Job 12:23).” God’s rule is certain and sure. He keeps watch over the nations (Psalm 66:7), knows what’s happening, and maintains His authority over both good and evil governments (Romans 13:1).

 

Natural man. God has control over unbelievers as well as believers. “He himself gives all men life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17:25 NIV). He forms us in our mother’s womb, knows the number of hairs on our head, and determines the appointed times and places of our lives (Psalm 139:13; Luke 12:7; Acts 17:26). Spiritual life as well as physical life is under His complete control (John 6:44).

 

When we believe God is sovereign and experience this truth in our lives, we will be filled to overflowing with peace and joy. We will rest secure in the knowledge that, no matter what is happening in our world, our God reigns. His will shall be accomplished. Does your life show trust in God’s sovereignty?
 

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