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In Touch - Aug. 6, 2007

In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley

August 6, 2007 – David: A Picture of God’s Sovereignty Psalm 103:19-22

                        Sometimes it’s hard to understand why God allows adversity. In the midst of a personal tragedy, the Lord’s sovereignty may seem to be impractical and unrealistic theology. But Romans 8:28 says God works all things together for the believer’s good.

            David’s writings show the importance of trusting in God’s sovereignty, no matter what. Sometimes it’s easy to think of biblical writers as perfect, almost Christlike figures. But David’s life was full of adversity, temptation, sin, and forgiveness.

            When he ran for his life from King Saul, God spared him. When he yielded to temptation with Bathsheba, God spared him. When his son attempted to take David’s throne, God spared him and kept him as king.

            In all of these unfortunate circumstances, David discovered God was protecting and guiding Him every step of the way. God used him for extraordinary purposes, despite his human failings. These experiences taught David to fully trust in the Lord’s sovereignty.

            Those of us in similar situations should ask, Do we believe God is in control? If He’s not, then who is? In other words, if life events are random and without purpose, then who do we turn to in our trials?

            In 1 Chronicles 29:12, David says God rules over everything. His hand strengthens everyone. Have faith in the Lord’s ability to strengthen you with His sovereign hand. You may not always understand His reasons. But you can surely trust His purposes.


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