“The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. He assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs. Let the whole world fear the Lord, and let everyone stand in awe of him. For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.” Psalm 33:6-9 I love to sit on the beach and watch the waves come in to the shore. My minds goes to God and how wonderful and powerful He is. God has created everything and it all is perfect. He created it all so that we can enjoy His creation. So many times we just don’t slow down long enough to see the beauty that God has made for us. Take time today to slow down long enough to see God’s beauty. If we look at the world that God has made, we can see God’s Sovereignty in all of nature. No matter what troubles you are going through, remember that God is in control and He loves you. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” Revelation 4:11 I am a photography and I love to take pictures of flowers. I am amazed at the detail of a flower. The beauty of a flower. How can anyone look at a flower and not realize there is a God and He created everything. “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” (Matthew 6:28-30)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” Revelation 1:8 What do we mean by God’s Sovereignty? We mean that God is the one and only God. That He is the first and the last. That He is the Almighty One. It declares that God is God. There is no one that is above Him. It declares that He is the Possessor of all power in heaven and earth. To say that God is sovereign is to say that He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I believe in the sovereignty of God. It’s so important in our walk with God to believe that He is the Alpha and Omega. I know in my life He has proved to me that He is the One True God. If we don’t believe this, how in the world can we trust a God that is less? Why would we believe a God that is not totally in control of the heavens and earth? Jesus tells us, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Mathew 6:34) If we did not believe in the One True God, we would worry. Jesus also tells us, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33) Your view of God matters. This view of God must be your view. It cannot be your parent’s view, your pastor’s view, or your spouse’s view. It must be your view. Only with the right view of God can we seek the Kingdom of God.
“The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything.” Psalm 103:19 God is in control of all things and rules over all things. Nothing is too difficult for Him. If we are obedient to Him, He will direct our lives and lead us in all the ways that we should go. In 1981, I was called to the ministry. After much prayer, we decided that God wanted us to move to Colorado to attend Bible College. Our plan was that when our house sold we would move out and start school. God was in control of the entire matter and we just did not know it. God gave me a date that we should move, no matter if our house was sold or not. I told God that He had to talk to my wife also. Well as faithful as God always is, He gave my wife the same date. So we packed up and headed to Colorado. No job and no place to live. When we arrived in Colorado, the first place I called was a hospital that I had sent a resume to. This is the place that I went to work and stayed the entire time that I was in college. God was in control and He knew when I needed to be there to go to work. I did not have a clue, but God worked it all out. It was rare for a job to be open at this hospital. God is in control of our past, present and our future if we will just be faithful and obedient to what He is telling us. I have many stories that show God’s sovereignty in my life.
“Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!” Romans 11:33 The Sovereignty of God is a hard subject to write about. The Sovereignty of the God is that He has control over everything in the universe. “If there is any element of the universe that is outside of his authority, then he no longer is God over all. In other words, sovereignty belongs to deity. Sovereignty is a natural attribute of the Creator. God owns what he makes, and he rules what he owns.” (R.C. Sproul) As I look at the world and see the evil the world and I see all that is happening, it is hard to believe that God is in control. I see people that I know are following God and trying to do His will. They seem to have so many things that are happening to them. It is so hard to understand. Paul tells us in this scripture that it is impossible to understand. Paul tells us in the following verses, “For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:34-36) Then Paul tells us, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28) I know as I look back over my life, I can see God’s hand on everything. I can see Him in control. At the time I did not believe it, but God worked […]
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” Philippians 3:7 The people who know God consider all things in their lives a loss except that of knowing Him. Paul in this scripture tells us there is nothing on this earth that compares to knowing God. Augustine wrote of an encounter he had when a momentary delight was offered to him. The only condition was he would forfeit the pleasure of ever seeing God. He concluded, without a struggle: “No pleasure is worth the loss.” One can know a great deal about God, without much knowledge of Him. There is a large difference between these two kinds of knowledge. I can study and know a great deal about George Washington, but I can never know George Washington in a personal way. I can never have a personal relationship with George Washington because he is no longer with us. I can know God and have a personal relationship with Him, because He sent His Son to die for my sins and through Him, I can know God more personally than anyone else on earth; because His Son is alive and seated at the right hand of God. People who know God, and have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ, are the ones that know the value of knowing God and to know God is worth everything in the world. The people that know God have the peace that passes all understanding. This is the peace that you don’t understand why you have, but you know that God is in control.
“Where is the god who can compare with you—wiping the slate clean of guilt, turning a blind eye, a deaf ear, to the past sins of your purged and precious people? You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long, for mercy is your specialty. That’s what you love most. And compassion is on its way to us. You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing. You’ll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean. You’ll stay true to your word to Father Jacob and continue the compassion you showed Grandfather Abraham—everything you promised our ancestors from a long time ago.” Micah 7:18-20 (MSG) Jesus asked Peter if he was going to leave Him and Peter’s response was where would we go? I feel just like Peter; if I left God, the one true God the one that loves me and takes care of me; where would I go? I have not always served the Lord, but for the past thirty years or more, I have walked with God. Do I have any regrets? Yes, I should have been walking with God my entire life. This scripture in Micah tells us there is no God like the one true God. He pardons our sins and forgives us. He does not stay angry and He shows us mercy. The mercy that we do not deserve. He hurls our iniquities into the depths of the sea. He is faithful and keeps His promises. Where is another God like that? Paul writes, “But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV) This is not just someday we will go to heaven and be with Jesus, but this applies […]
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 The Bible starts out telling us who God is. The first name of God in Hebrew is Elohim. The Hebrew words show us a picture. A picture of who God is. It is interesting that the word Elohim is plural, but the Hebrew dictionary still translates it “God’ instead of “Gods.” This is because the Hebrew knows there is only one God, the true God. In this first chapter of Genesis, we see this name of God (Elohim) repeated almost in every verse. This picture of God shows us a God that is mighty in power and also creative. It shows a God that is three in one. This is the reason it is in plural. The picture we see in this name is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We see the Father God sending the Son Jesus so that we can have a relationship with Him, then we see God sending the Holy Spirit empowering us to serve God and build a relationship with God the Father. In this name, we see a perfect unity that is more than one. God is essentially one, and essentially more than one. That is the mystery of the nature of God, this unique blending of unity and plurality. We need to look closely at this unity of God. This is the unity that we need to see in our churches today. Yes, we are more than one, but we need to be as one so that we can reach more for Jesus and show that our God is powerful and creative.
“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.” Genesis 17:1 In this scripture the name of God is El Shaddai which means that God is all-sufficient. In this scripture God was letting Abram know that He can be trusted. That His promises will always come about. God had promised Abram a son and his seeds would be many. At ninety-nine Abram had his doubts. God told him not to doubt, have faith. God is El Shaddai, all – powerful, all – sufficient, keeper of His promises. God saw that Abram was focusing on the impossibilities of his situation. Do you have an impossible situation in your life? If you do, then listen, our God can perform the impossible. He is all – sufficient. There is nothing in this world or in your life that God cannot do. The secret to our walk with God is, to receive, to acknowledge, believe, embrace and act upon the revelation God gives us of who He is. The evidence of such faith is a restful heart. A peace that passes all understanding. “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:18-21)
“The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:11-12 The sovereignty of God means that He has total control of all things past, present and future. Nothing happens that is out of His knowledge and control. All things are either caused by Him or allowed by Him for His own purposes and through His perfect will and timing. He is the only absolute and omnipotent ruler of the universe and is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. “If there is any element of the universe that is outside of his authority, then he no longer is God over all. In other words, sovereignty belongs to deity. Sovereignty is a natural attribute of the Creator. God owns what he makes, and he rules what he owns.” (R.C. Sproul) Do you believe in the sovereignty of God? I know that at times it is hard to believe that God rules the universe. If we look at our world today we think, “How can God be in charge?” No matter what you feel or think, God is in charge. To believe in the sovereignty of God, we have to get ourselves out of the way. We must have humility. If we don’t have humility, we feel that we are in charge. We feel that we are God. “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12) Studying God and His greatness can do nothing but humble us. In this series of devotions I want to look at the greatness of God and why we should realize that we can only look at Him in humility and say, “Have mercy on me a sinner.”