Thursday, October 14, 2010

Daily Light - October 14, 2010

Daily Light from the Lighthouse

"No one can...say to Him, 'What have You done?'"
Daniel 4:35

There have been numerous times in my life that I have wondered what God was doing and why He was allowing certain things to happen. If any one ever tells you that they have figured God out, caution them that they are in for some big surprises. Isaiah even said that it is impossible for our human mind to completely understand God and His ways. There have been many people that have felt that God is not fair at times, yet the Bible teaches us that His judgments are always true, just, and righteous. What is it then that we have to understand about God in order to be able to rest in Him even though we may not always understand Him?
The one thing that we must know about God is that He is sovereign. This word is usually used in a reference to a king or ruler who is declared to be the final authority. Although many versions of the Bible do not use this word, it is what is meant whenever you see a phrase such as "Lord GOD". This phrase teaches us that God is supreme above all things and that He is Lord (owner and controller) over all things. In our passage King Nebuchadnezzar had to find out the hard way that God was sovereign. He walked through his kingdom proclaiming his power, goodness, and majesty. The Scriptures tell us that while he was still speaking God spoke up and showed him that there was only room for one Sovereign King. Nebuchadnezzar was humbled and sent as a wild beast out into the field for seven years. When he returned, he did not complain to God that his treatment was unfair. Instead he cautioned any one to speak against the supreme will of the Most High.
Have you made God the Sovereign Lord of your life? I am not asking about your salvation; I am asking about who has control of your every day life. It is amazing to me how many of us try to control and manipulate life on our own and then complain to God when it all falls apart. We can get ourselves into an insurmountable amount of debt because we have to have so much stuff, but when the bills come due we complain to God because we don't have the money to pay them. Why don't we just admit to Him that we got in this mess because we took control instead of giving it to Him?
God also sovereignly allows difficulty and pain to be a part of our lives. There is this belief that any thing difficult comes in one's life must be from the enemy. I have learned that there is nothing that comes into my life that God did not allow. Scripture proves to me that He either allowed it or maybe even caused it. When we realize this, now we have an opportunity to let God be God and surrender to His plan for our lives no matter how we may feel. Granted, this is easier said than done. However, it is when we are completely surrendered to the plan of God that we see Him as King, Lord, and the Lover of our souls.
May you make God Lord of your life today!

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