Week 46 Devotion – “What God Wills- Sovereignty”
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps” Proverbs 16:9
The sovereignty of God remains a contentious issue in Christendom. Theologians have long debated to what extent humans have been granted free will. Rather than wasting time in tautological arguments, it is freeing to know that the sovereignty of God is absolute. God’s sovereignty is not a myth or opinion as some might suggest.
In chapter 16 of the book of Proverbs, King Solomon notes a profound truth about how God’s sovereignty affects our plans. He tells us that we have the agency to plan and strategize; however, it is ultimately God’s will that will come to pass. Sharing this truth redirects us to acknowledge God as the only One in full control of our lives.
To this end, we ought to submit to God’s sovereignty knowing it’s not subject to debate. Knowing that God created us should prompt us to seek out what He wants for our lives because we belong to Him (Psalm 100). Since He will have His way with our lives, it is in our best interest to have our decisions, actions, and thoughts revolve around Him. Job, Isaiah and countless others reaffirm this truth and concede that “no purpose of [God’s] can be thwarted (Job 42:2) (Isaiah 46:10).”
Moreover, acknowledging the sovereignty of God will give us comfort in knowing that God’s plans never get cancelled. Despite how much we may mess up or things might not turn out how we intend, know that God will accomplish what He said He will do. For this reason, we can rest assured even when we are disappointed by an outcome, because God’s way -which is perfect- is always guaranteed. When we are aligned with God, we will not have to experience the frustration of trying to make things happen for ourselves. Instead, we will see the glory in His will unfolding.
Where have you seen God’s sovereignty in your life? Was it in your finances, relationships, or other opportunities?
Father God, thank You for Your sovereign hand in my life. It has been difficult to understand at times, but God, I trust You. You are perfect in all of Your ways. May I continue to see Your glory as I submit to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Deborah Nimoh