You may be asking yourself what God’s sovereignty is. If you were to look up the definition of the word “sovereign”, you would find the definitions to be “supreme ruler” and “possessing supreme and ultimate power”. But I like to define God’s sovereignty as this: God is in control. Nothing happens that is outside of God’s authority and control.
When I chose to write about God’s sovereignty, I thought it would be a little challenging but still fairly easy. I began to write, and then life went crazy. Life became a rollercoaster going 100mph with something unexpected at every turn. But God brought such a comfort to me as I wrote this article and found scriptures reminding me that He is in control. I want to share these verses with you and I pray they bring a comfort to you as they did for me.
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (ESV)
Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” (ESV)
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the word that he sent his only son to die on the cross that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (ESV)
We have heard these verses since we were in diapers. We know the stories by heart. God created the whole world and everything in it – including you and me. He created this world and all its beauty, that we get to see every day. He loved us, His creation, so much that He sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for all our sins. But death did not defeat Him, no. Jesus rose three days later to be with the Father in Heaven. We hear this over and over again, but how often do we sit down and take in the magnitude of it? He created the heavens, the earth, and us. Then, because He loved us so much, Jesus died for us and rose three days later, defeating death. The power in these verses is amazing. It is a power that only God – no one else, just God – possesses, and this proves it.
Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (ESV)
“He is God,” I say this to myself a thousand times a day. He is God, and just that simple statement shows how sovereign He is. I love to put into practice those first eight words and be still and know that He is God. Just sitting and soaking in who God is, is an amazing thing to do that brings such peace. Especially when our life is like a rollercoaster ride, it is something that can so quickly put our focus back on the one who is in control.
Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (ESV)
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose.” (ESV)
We face many things in life. We experience heartbreak, love, happiness, and tragedy. The trials we face rip us apart from the inside out and strike fear into us. The world we know shatters around us and we become afraid. We start to fear everything that is happening around us and forget that God is in control. These verses prove to us that God is in control. They prove that no matter what, God’s plan will always prevail. And the plan that He has is for our good. What we are going through may not be good, but it will all end the way God wants it to. We need to stop trying to write our own story. We need to give our story to the One who wrote it and let Him take control.
I cling to these verses every day. I could spend hours talking about them; but I pray that they have shown you just how sovereign and in control God is.