Monday, May 10, 2010

God is Sovereign.

Something taken from John Knight via Jess -
"Is God sovereign over disability?
Yes he is. He tells us so in Scripture:
Then the Lord said to (Moses), "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?" (Exodus 4:11)
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him." (John 9:1-3)
To be clear, God's sovereignty doesn't mean he merely permits disability. These verses show us that he sovereignly intends it, both for his glory and for our good—"that the works of God might be displayed." "

God's sovereignty does not mean he merely permits something... but that He sovereignly intends it, both for his glory and for our good, "that the works of God might be displayed"...

That is so hard to fully embrace at times - to embrace in total surrender and total trust, that the dark times we face, the tragedies, the injustices, the pain, the unanswered questions, the seemingly unbearable moments when we cry out as the Psalmist did "why, what now, when, oh Lord?" - they are all sovereignly intended by God... We forget that He is sovereign, and that He is Good, and that He loves us. We forget, or maybe we don't quite believe, or don't quite understand...

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
O Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins,
O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness;
therefore you are feared.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
O Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.
- Psalm 130

Praise the LORD, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.

For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD.
- Psalm 117