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God’s Absolute Control

Today’s reading: Lamentations 3:1-5:22

My selection: Lamentations 3:37-39

37 Who has spoken and it came to pass,

unless the Lord has commanded it?

38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High

that good and bad come?

39 Why should a living man complain,

a man, about the punishment of his sins?

My reflections: God is sovereign, that is, He rules absolutely over all things and all events of human history and the cosmos. Nothing is out of His control, not one “rogue molecule,” as RC Sproul has said. People can say what they will but their promises and decisions are still in God’s hand.

Knowing this should free the believer from the fear that anything bad can come to him apart from God’s direction. It should relieve the Christian from anxiety that he can ask for something bad and get it, or fail to ask for something good and not get it. We do not control God like some genie in a bottle. God is completely free and acts according to His purposes and infinite wisdom.

My challenge: Believe God. Trust Him to send what is right into your life: punishment and correction, blessing and prosperity, trials and discipline. All are from His hand. All He sends is for good.

Tomorrow’s reading: Ezekiel 1:1-5:17

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