“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
The sovereignty of God is not something I fully grasp, though my understanding has increased since beginning my studies on the Doctrines of Grace early last year. A shift happened for me at the realization that God is sovereign. When once I was very vocal in my disdain for losing control over things in my life, I have more recently taken that loss of control with a grain of salt. I can’t control everything, much to my fleshly desire of wanting to. To see events or happenings in our lives, our families, our communities, or all around the world spiral out of control can cause upheaval for one who does not have an understanding of the sovereignty of God. It’s hard for us to understand why things happen the way they do, why certain events happen at all. Paul does not say here in the key verse that everything happening is good in itself, but that nothing thwarts a sovereign God; no problem, no tragedy, no catastrophe, no crisis. God is omnipresent. God is omnipotent. God is omniscient. God is sovereign.
God is faithful to bring good out of the most devastating circumstances, though it’s hard for us to see that. We may not even understand what that good is on this side of heaven - until we are present with the Lord. This good that Paul speaks of is not for all people, in general, but specifically for believers. We must believe that all things, good or bad, are under the control of the sovereign God. For me, it took an extreme amount of pressure off; the pressure of having to know the why, what, where, when, and how of everything that is going on in my life and around the world. He is before all things, and in Him all things are held together. Colossians 1:17. God, our faithful Father, plans and governs all things, sisters. I, for one, will take much rest in that.
Father, you plan and govern all things. Help me to understand that my life is in Your hands, this world is in Your hands, and not one thing happens that you are not completely aware of or in control of. Though I may not see it, all things work together for my good, because I love you. I thank you for being called, according to Your purpose.
Sisters, I encourage you to study more on the Sovereignty of God. I pray that it changes you the way it changed me. The Holy Spirit opened my eyes to that wonderful and important attribute of God. There are many resources on the Sovereignty of God; I would like to share at least one: God’s Absolute Sovereignty.