The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28for "In him we live and move and have our being." - Acts 17:24-28
I got a great e-mail from my dad today. At the end he wrote, "Will be in unceasing prayer for you and yours on every front known to me and of course through other fronts that I know little or nothing of, but God my Father knows in full detail and has under His sovereign control." He then adds, "I've been in Psalm 103 all this week. Love and kisses, Dad."
My dad is a great believer. He knows all about the sovereignty of God. If you want to comfort your heart and have something to give to another believer, you've got to understand the biblical doctrine of the sovereignty of God. No matter what happens or comes our way, we have a God who is in complete control.
God never overpromises and under-delivers. Why? Because there is nothing too hard for Him. He can do anything . . . and everything. He is in complete control.
You say, control of what? What do you mean by 'everything'? That's sort of a crazy question, but I'll expound on it a little bit for you. In Acts 17, Paul was preaching; in verse 24 he said, "The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man . . . He doesn't needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything."
Take a deep breath right now. In . . . and out. . . . The capacity to take that breath is a gift from God. Continuing, verse 28 says, "In him we live and move and have our being." We are reliant upon Him for every breath.
God is so in control that He rules the universe with His feet up. He's not stressed or strained in any way. He could have made the universe a billion times more complex than it is. He's God and He is sovereign.
This truth lies behind every one of God's promises. The reason why He can be present with us is because He's sovereign. The reason why He can listen to all of our prayers at the same time is because He is sovereign. How many hundreds of people were out of bed and on their knees last night, calling out to God - and He hears every one of us at the same time. Why? Because He's God and He's sovereign.
Action item: Take a step back from your life and look at the world from a broader perspective. Thank God for His masterful control of all the things that work together to keep our world together - from the spinning of the Solar System to the next breath you take. Acknowledge God's sovereignty. Thank Him for His gracious control.