Tuesday, April 16, 2019

When God is Our Sovereign

       Take a close look at  John 19:10-11. Pilate tells the Lord Jesus, "I have power (authority) to take your life." Jesus replied, "You would have no authority over Me at all, if it had not been given to you by God."

        In this life, we all sometimes find ourselves in situations 
where someone else holds some power or authority over us. A supervisor, a boss, a family member, a friend. Most often, those relationships are benevolent. But from time to time, we run into one these folks that just seems to have it in for us. We're working hard, trying to do what's right, keeping our noses clean, but our antagonists just keep holding their authority over our heads like a sword. It can make misery, uncertainty, and fear constant companions for us UNTIL we grasp the sovereignty of God.

       The word, sovereign, means supreme ruler possessing 
independent authority. In other words, the sovereign is the top of the food chain, the absolute ultimate authority. That's our God! So, as we seek Him and follow Him, we'll run into those folks who seek to impose their authority on us. How do we respond? Notice Jesus' confident response: "You have no authority over Me at all IF it had not been given you from 
above." Then HE submitted to that authority because it was the Father's will that He give His life to redeem those who would follow Him.  

       I am writing this to encourage you who follow Him to live life with confidence and courage. We can do that because, like Jesus, we know that nothing invades our lives without having first passed through His loving hands. Jesus abandoned Himself into​ the Father's hands because He lived to bring glory to the Father. When we live to bring glory to God, we can live with assurance, confidence, and peace. No need for hostility or vengeance or self-pity. When we trust and obey, He works His will in and through us. That's what it means to says "We know that God causes EVERYTHING  to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the Firstborn among many brothers and sisters."    Romans 8:28-29   

HE uses it all to help shape us into the perfect reflection of the Lord Jesus!