"In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered." Luke 2:1 CSB
God’s sovereignty on the surface can be a complicated thing. We as humans want to only trust things we can see in front of us or know how things will play out before we can rest. I think for me personality, I not only forget I can trust in God and what I cannot see, but I’m even worse to forget that it isn’t all about me, and this includes God’s sovereignty. We are all part of one big plan, a complicated array of happenings and moments, all beautifully engineered not only for our good (Romans 8:28), but more importantly, for the glory of God.
If we really meditate on the specific happenings of the Christmas story, we see that God’s sovereignty and plan was in action down until the very last detail. If we look at Luke 2, we see that at the beginning of the story, a decree went out from Caesar. God moved in Caesar’s heart to issue this decree, even though Caesar may not have been aware. When this decree was set, Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to be registered with Mary. When this happened and Jesus was born, a prophecy that was written 700 years prior in Micah 5:2 was fulfilled. As this child was born into Bethlehem, God’s glorious plan of salvation and redemption was set into motion. There are so many players, so many movements, and a glorious dance of events that we see in our creative Creator.
God is sovereign in the little things as well as in the big events. When we examine these things, we know we can trust God wholly and completely. He is the God of time and the God of creation, the God of the past, present, and future who never changes. What a beautiful thought, sisters. If you struggle with trusting God, be honest with Him in prayer. Look back at the events of your life that have lead you to Him. His sovereignty is good and can be trusted.
God, sometimes it is hard to conceive, but You are the God of the universe, the past, present, and the future. God, You reign in this earth and in my heart. Help me to trust You when doubt creeps in, and help me to see You in all things. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Write down some of the ways God has been faithful in the past, present, and future. Who has God used in your life to bring you closer to Him?