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Our Sovereign God and His People

(Ezra 1)

Lesson 1 -- third quarter 2003
June 1, 2003

by Mark Roth
© Copyright 2003, Christian Light Publications

Glimpses God's Sovereignty

What a mighty God we serve! He does as He wishes and accomplishes what He chooses. His might has no weakness. His power knows no limitation. His ability experiences no failure. No one and nothing has the authority and power to stand in His way and thwart His purposes, except He Himself decides to allow it. There is none like Him in all the earth. His equal or superior cannot be found anywhere in time, space, and eternity. He alone is sovereign. Hallelujah, praise Jehovah!

Though the King James Version does not use the word sovereign, God's Word most certainly reveals God's sovereignty. As you read some of these verses, stand in awe and wonder.

"Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places" (Psalm 135:6). When He set forth to create all that exists, He did precisely as He pleased. He still does as it pleases Him. He still does not fail to accomplish His purposes.

"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?" (Daniel 4:35). People (at least Americans) often speak of the U.S. President as the most powerful man on earth. Yet despite all the power he has at his disposal, he is frequently hindered in his use of it. But no one can restrain God, saying, "Now just what do you think you're doing?"

"Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him" (Psalm 72:11). In the course of human history there have always been those who have withstood God's greatness, refusing to acknowledge Him, much less fall before Him. And as we live on the leading edge of history, we know that even yet, millions do not accept His sovereignty. But the day will come when every human will bow before Him. That's just what you do when you stand before the Sovereign One!

"And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints" (Revelation 15:3). He alone is Lord. He alone is God. He alone is Almighty. My King is the Lord God Almighty! He is great, marvelous, just, and true -- and so are His doings.

"And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth" (Revelation 19:6). Yes!

What does it have to do with me?

Because God is sovereign, I will submit to Him and strain my being to obey Him, doing His will from my heart. I will live for Him, striving to perfect holiness in His fear.

Because God is sovereign, I will trust Him fully and absolutely, believing that what He promises, He accomplishes. I will rest in His care and protection, knowing that only there will I find rest and peace.

Because God is sovereign, I will praise Him with my tongue, heart, and life, lifting His name and glory high so that others may know Him as well.

What is your response to God's sovereignty?

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