God is sovereign. God is sovereign. God is sovereign. These words are my constant comfort! There’s nothing that can comfort a human being like understanding the fact that God is utterly in control. It doesn’t matter if the circumstances are positive or negative; through it all there’s a deep-seated peace generated in the Christian’s soul by the truth that God is wholly in control. There’s a supernatural rest spawned by that marvelous fact! Charles Spurgeon put it this way, “When you go through a trial, the sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which you lay your head.” I love that!
That brings me to this thought… Politics. In my lifetime I’ve never seen a period where so many’s hope rest in human leaders and their political platforms more than now. I know this by the way they respond to people with opposing beliefs; how they sink to name calling to those who hold to differing opinions; how their social media is consumed with their favorite political leader, and how depression sets in when their man/woman loses an election. This scenario happens on a massive scale every election period, but politics merely sheds light on a problem that is profoundly perpetual, even in everyday life. A dead soul is at home in darkness, and a world who’s hope is in temporal things is as dark as can be. This saddens me.
My hope is not in politicians. They are fallible…Jesus is not. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. Jesus did what fallible man could not do; He kept his Father’s standard of perfection (Matthew 5:48), Jesus was/is sinless (Hebrews 4:15), Jesus fulfilled the law (Matthew 5:17), Jesus defeated death (Luke 24:6-7). When our faith is in Christ alone, He makes us alive spiritually. When we are made alive in Christ, we have a “living hope” (1 peter 1:3). No longer do we look to weak and frail humans for hope, but in and through Jesus we rest in an Eternal, Mighty, Splendid, Glorious, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Holy, Perfect, Sovereign God. This is a supernatural rest, regardless of who is in the White House, or the circumstances that surround us; whether we are suffering or experiencing prosperity. Therefore, this is why the following verses (and many more) are so precious to those alive in Christ:
Psalm 115:3 – Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
Isaiah 40:23 – who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
2 Chronicles 20:6 – and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.
Job 42:2 – “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
And the list goes on…
If the one for which I cast my vote does not win the presidency, I will still rest, I will still have peace, and joy…
I will lie down on the pillow of God’s sovereignty and rest. And… God will be glorified. Soli Deo Gloria