God is Sovereign

Everyday with God

Read Isaiah 44:6-8
It was a myth, but to me it felt completely true. Something kept telling me that a Christian should be immune to worry, anxiety and fear. When those unwelcome feelings crept in, self-condemnation would quickly follow and sometimes I was unable to rest and I was unable to personalize the Bible verses that I'd memorized and told me that God was firmly in control. In some seasons fear and worry seemed to cloud out all truth.  Paul Tripp* explains it this way:
 
'Fear lives and rules in the heart of a believer who has forgotten God's sovereignty and grace. If left to myself, I should be afraid. There are many trials, temptations, dangers and enemies in this fallen world that are bigger and more powerful than me. I have to deal with many things that are outside my control. But the message of the gospel is that I haven't been left to myself, that Immanuel is with me in sovereign authority and powerful grace. He rules with perfect wisdom over all the circumstances and locations that would make me afraid. In grace, he blesses me with what I need to face what he has decided to put on my plate.
 
I am never - in anything, anywhere, at any time- by myself. I never arrive on the scene first. I never step into a situation that exists outside his control. I never move beyond the reach of his authority. He is never surprised by where I end up or by what I am facing. He never leaves me to the limited resources of my won wisdom, strength and righteousness. He never grows weary with protecting and providing for me. He will never abandon me out of frustration. I do not need to be afraid. When you forget God's sovereignty and his grace, you give room in your heart for fear to do its nasty, debilitating work. Pray right now for grace to remember. Your sovereign Savior loves to hear and answer.'
 
Questions for reflection-
 
+ How does your struggle with fear show up in your life?
+ What practical steps can you take to you remind yourself that God is in control?
 

*New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp.                          
365 devotional readings with a compelling gospel-centered thought, followed by an extended meditation for the day. Focused less on behavior modification and more on helping people encounter the living God, this resource equips readers with the good news that they need to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory—day in and day out.
 
Available on Amazon and also in the NorthPoint bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-1-4335-4138-4
Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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