The Benefits of Trusting God’s Sovereignty

The people who know their God will display strength and take action.

–Daniel 11:32

The sovereignty of God is not a theological topic to debate; it is a truth to be embraced. Let me share three benefits of trusting God’s sovereignty as we make decisions.

First of all, the sovereignty of God gives us peace from our past. In Romans 8:28, Paul said, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” God is so powerful that He uses all things–the good, the bad, and the ugly–to work together for good. Many times, it’s not in our strengths but in our failures that God is most glorified. The sovereignty of God gives us peace over our past mistakes.

Second, God’s sovereignty offers comfort for our present storms. In Matthew 14, Jesus told His disciples to sail across the Sea of Galilee, and they found themselves sailing through a fierce storm. Suddenly, Jesus appeared, walking on the water. Peter said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water” (v. 28). The Lord commanded Peter, so he climbed out of the boat and began walking toward Jesus. But when Peter noticed the roiling waves, he began to sink. He cried out, “Lord, save me!” (v. 30). Verses 31–32 say, “Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.” The order here is crucial. Jesus didn’t calm the storm and then deliver Peter safely to the boat. No, they walked through the storm together.

You may be sailing through life when you find yourself in a fierce storm of circumstances. It’s only natural to cry out, “Lord, save me!” In my experience, rarely is it God’s will to deliver you out of the storm. What He promises to do is walk with you through the storm. You see, God is much more interested in what is happening in you than what is happening to you. God could change any circumstance in your life He wants to. Instead, God walks with you through that storm to produce in you the invaluable quality of faith–the assurance that God is in control even when you can’t see Him. God’s sovereignty gives us comfort for the present.

Finally, God’s sovereignty gives us confidence for the future. Daniel 11:32 says, “The people who know their God will display strength and take action.” Once you have sought God’s will, you don’t have to worry, What if I make a mistake? The Bible says if you know God, you can stand firm and take action, knowing that your choices–even your mistakes–are protected by the sovereignty of God.

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Today’s devotion is adapted from “The Shepherd’s Safety Net” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2008.

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org.

 

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