In God’s Hands

Well, we all know that it’s election time. This morning I found myself pondering the “Sovereignty of God”, a doctrine, if studied thoroughly with Bible in hand, makes some Christians nervous.

Nevertheless, I turned to the forth chapter of Daniel in which the great ancient king Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. Basically he was told that the kingdom would be removed from him…but not without reason.

“ This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men (v.17)…..

…. till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.(v.25b)

….after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule. (v.26b)

….until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. (v.32b)

And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? (v.35)”

Note the repeated phrases in this chapter. The point is being driven home that God rules in this world. Not chance. Not circumstances. Not the little things that “pop-up”. Not politicians. GOD RULES!

William Cowper came to this realization when he said,

“God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill

He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov’reign will.”
 

We don’t have the luxury of ignoring this great teaching of the Bible concerning God and if you do, well then, you might as well throw the whole Book away. Today you may feel “things” are spiraling out of control in your life and this world. But I want to assure you God is ruling in the affairs of men.

Sovereignty, do you see the word within this word? Look once more: soveREIGNty. Either circumstance reigns, or God reigns. Either leaders reign, or God reigns. Either trouble reigns, or God reigns. Either fate reigns, or God reigns. Either you are reigning your life, or God is reigning.

To some, this is a slap-in-the-face to their pride. In this chapter of Daniel, one of the things that was being addressed was the pride of Nebuchadnezzar. Oh my, sinful pride doesn’t like to think it’s not running the show! Nebuchadnezzar’s pride didn’t like it, and then, like many of us including myself, he had to learn the hard way.

God in his sovereignty has given man the ability to make choices, but our choosing does not supersede the realm of limitations God has set on that choosing. Let me offer this illustration. If you took a trip on a cruise ship leaving the east coast destined for England, you are free to choose to do anything you desire on that ship. Eat, drink, sleep, or whatever they may offer…BUT you are not in control. The Captain of that ship is at the helm and you are destined for England. May I say to you, I know I’m not in control of my life. Oh, I get to make choices (and I pray for the wisdom to make good ones) but Im not in control…God Almighty is!

I want to say without hesitation and without apologies; I believe The God of the Bible rules and reigns in the affairs of men!