I love Sunday afternoon drives, truth be told, it’s usually because a restaurant or food are involved somewhere along the way. I also enjoy talking about the week’s events, the sermon, or thought-provoking questions. Last Sunday was one of those days, spent driving through the beautiful fall Alabama mountains talking about Life’s questions. Included in the conversation was a post about suicide on Facebook, the sermon on the Devil and the meaning of Sovereign. It was quite an interesting drive. When I think about Gods sovereignty it can answer all three topics, in my opinion. If you looked the word sovereign in the dictionary it says “independent of all others, supreme, greatest, ruler, supreme in power and authority”. In the Bible it says God is Sovereign. Absolutely nothing happens in the universe outside of God’s influence and authority. God is above all things and before all things (Revelation 21:6) the alpha and the Omega, He is present everywhere. When we know this, Believe and have Faith that God is in control and determines everything that is going to happen in your Life, my Life, and in the world, we can have comfort. God’s got this! Whatever he wants to do with the universe he does. Nothing is impossible. (Jeremiah 32:17) God’s sovereignty will provide you with comfort in knowing that he loves you, nothing will ever come into your life that he does not either decree or allow. Does God create adversity? He does. It is through adversity that we grow. You ask God to give you patience and you will be waiting for that prayer to be answered for a while… You ask God to give you a stronger Faith and adversity will come into your Life to enrich your faith in him and cause you to take a knee a little more often. Our sovereign God is also the healer, the savior, the One and Only.
Last month I said I was waiting for an epiphany, waiting for God to tell me why my husband, Mike passed away so expectantly. This month I believe that I don’t need to know all the answers and God is all knowing and loving. I have changed as a person. I have stronger Faith, I know Life is short, I have more empathy and can help others. Adversity will change you, for the better. You can wisdom through adversity. You couldn’t have told me that I would feel this way 11 months ago, and I certainly do miss Mike, but I know God has my best intentions at heart. Have you ever heard the phrase “Sometimes you got to rock the boat to calm the storm”. I remember seeing it on a church sign outside and wondered what it exactly meant? The disciples saw the waves and water getting in the boat and went to wake up Jesus. We call on Jesus all the time, because we do not know what to do with the storms we are facing. Sometimes crying out to Jesus for help shows us His authority. Jesus woke up and calmed the storm. Even though He rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith, the reality is the boat stopped rocking. We call out to God in prayer because He will answer you and calm your storms. Don’t stop calling on Him, Jesus will pay attention to your situation. Be encouraged this month and strive to wake up Jesus in every situation if you have to. Better to call on Jesus if the boat is rocking, then to wonder if Jesus is even in the boat of your life during a storm! He is there, waiting on you to reach out to him