A Question of Sovereignty

Week beginning: 12th November, 2017 | By Esther Harrison | Nottingham

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will."

Proverbs 21:1 (KJV)

Do you remember those gut-wrenchingly challenging days as a pupil or trainee? Possibly as a student doing your final exams or facing a crucial interview? Those days when the task ahead seemed overwhelming and one for which all your training and experience of life could not equip you?

As we go on in our practices and learn more, those days fade away. We gain in confidence, experience, knowledge and wisdom. We become complacent. We forget. Then something comes along for which we have no resources. The fear rises up.

This happened recently to me. And God met my need with this scripture. It first became precious to me years ago at an LCF conference. It reminded me that our God is sovereign. In Him, we have all the resources of the cosmos and more. There is no situation beyond Him because our times are in His hands, as is the heart of the greatest earthly ruler. He has dealt with our most difficult problems – those of sin, death and hell – through Christ's death and resurrection. By faith in Him, we're saved and on our way to heaven!

So when the fear begins, fix your eyes upon Jesus; meditate on who He is and all that He has done for you. To quote the old hymn: "And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace." (*)

(*) "Turn your eyes upon Jesus", Helen Howarth Lemmel (1863-1961)

Prayer point:

1.  Give thanks for all that the Lord Jesus Christ has done for you in his death, resurrection and ascension; and for His saving grace. As you do so, commit any difficult situation you face into His hands.

2.  Pray for those in authority, that they may understand that it is God, the maker of heaven and earth, who has the ultimate authority and pray that they may rule according to His word.