Saturday, February 12, 2011

God is Sovereign Even in Interrupted Expectations?

Lord, Only You Can Change Me: A Devotional Study on Growing in Character from the Beatitudes

For my devo time, I have been studying the Beatitudes using Kay Arthur's study Lord, Only You Can Change Me: A Devotional Study on Growing in Character from the Beatitudes.  Currently, I am learning about meekness.  What I have uncovered is that meekness is understand that God is sovereign (surpreme ruler or ruler over all) and it is His will not my own.  Ms. Arthur brings up the age-old question about God being sovereign but yet bad things happening in the world.  Here are a few points that she makes:

We are so focused on the future that we can't understand the things happening to us now.  Our circumstances seem confusing and don't appear to be taking us in the direction we want to go. ...We struggle and strain to see more clearly. 
This is why some people have problems with the sovereignty of God.  They look at the future, imagining they see it clearly.  Because of their cherished goals and high expectations, they have difficulty accepting and handling hurts, setbacks, and adversities in daily life.  Life seems out of control.  How could these bumps and bruises possibly be coming from God?
...What they need is a proper perspective on the present in light of the eternal.  ...He views our whole earthly pilgrimage through the eyes of eternity.  He knows where we are going.  He knows how it all fits together.  He knows how to extract maximum good and maximum glory out of every situation, no matter what!

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