God’s Sovereign Will

Posted: 12/11/2009 in Articles
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Today we got mail… Yes I am a big fan of going through the mail even if most of the time it’s only advertisements for mattress sales or coupons for the grocery store… Today’s mail included a letter from Desiring God Ministries along with the water bill. Okay, the water bill wasn’t too exciting, though it was 79 cents less than what I budgeted for. The letter from DGM however contained a very interesting article written by Jon Bloom.

It was all about God’s sovereign love in carrying out His will in His people’s lives. He shared about Joseph (Jesus’ earthly dad) and all stress, anxiety, and worry that he must have faced through the first few years of Jesus’ life. Traveling a 100 miles to Bethlehem on foot with pregnant Mary all because of a stupid census; Escaping to Egypt under the threat of the baby Messiah’s execution; Coming back to Nazareth instead of Bethlehem; always on the run, not being able to settle anywhere. He probably struggled to find work, and probably struggled to support his new family. Life was chaotic. All these things however fit perfectly into God’s sovereign plan of redemption. Prophesies were fulfilled, and nothing took God by surprise.

Bloom brings encouragement to his readers by saying,

The unplanned, inefficient detours of our lives are planned by God. They are common for disciples, and they commonly don’t make sense for the moment. But God’s ways are not our ways because our lives are about Him, not about us. He is orchestrating far more than we know in every unexpected event and delay… So when you find yourselves suddenly in a direction you had not planned, take heart, hold tight, and trust God’s navigation.”

I like that, “But God’s way’s are not our ways because our lives are about Him, not about us.” What comfort there is to be grasped knowing that God is in control of our lives and He will use us to glorify His name through any twist and turn in this life.

Proverbs 16:9 “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps”

J. C. Hahne

  1. Great post Joey. Nice reminder that God directs in ways that fulfill His purposes and bring Him glory. When I forget that I lose my peace. I start trying to control the circumstances rather than resting in the sovereign design of my loving Father.

    • J. C. Hahne says:

      Honestly it’s quite relieving when you can see God the way He is; sovereignly navigating all things for His beloved’s good and for His glory.

  2. Carri says:

    I love how being a Christian brings so much hope and purpose to our life. Knowing He is lovingly guiding my life even in dark or disappointing times. I probably got that same letter from DGM in my mail box too.

  3. Tim Hahne says:

    Those indeed are good words from Bloom as they can be applied every day

  4. Hadn’t really thought much about Joseph’s struggles during that time period. Wow. I love Bloom’s insights. He is so right. And I love how God had you read this article right now in this specific time in your life, and share it in this specific time in the lives of all your readers. Praise God!

    • J. C. Hahne says:

      Yeah totally, It was very encouraging for fme to once again trust God in His sovereign will and know that He has a great loving purpose for every twist and turn in life… It’s all for His glory.

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