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Thinking About the Word “Sovereign”

By Rachel Joy

Sometimes when I look at the world, I wonder how my life can be this crazy. Like, for real! One would think that I would have learned a couple years ago that I’m not superhuman and perhaps slowed down a bit. But no… I haven’t learned anything. When I look at the world, I have one thought. “This place is literally crazy!” Truth be told, sometimes I secretly wonder where God could possibly be in the middle of all this. I mean, people are dying. There are wars. I run from one activity to another. We all run from one insane day to another crazy day…

How can God be sovereign in all this?

How can God be a sovereign God, when “life” keeps happening??

The word sovereign means, “possessing supreme or ultimate power.” It seems like we try so hard to be the supreme and ultimate power in our lives. We try to be sovereign in our own lives. Only when it doesn’t work do we turn to God. God’s goodness and sovereignty doesn’t change depending on the situation or the way the world looks at the moment. He will always be God, and he will always be sovereign. In 1 Chronicles, David says this:

“Lord, you are great and powerful. You have glory, victory, and honor. Everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you. Everything on heaven and on earth belongs to you. The kingdom belongs to you, Lord; you are the ruler over everything.” (1 Chronicles 29:11)

He was sovereign 3000 years ago. And he is still sovereign. Did the sun come out today? That is God being sovereign and showing his ultimate power nature. Take a deep breath. Do you feel that oxygen rushing into your lungs? That is God being sovereign over your life.

I think that we get so caught up in the little things. “I can’t see God working right now!” we tend to scream. “Thus, he must have just stopped working in general!” But he is still working. God is still sovereign.

He will guard your footsteps where ever you go. (Psalms 121)

He will uphold you with his righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41)

God is still sovereign even when it doesn’t look like it. God is forever sovereign.

Rachel Joy

My name is Rachel Joy and I live in Washington State (go Seahawks!) I am 16 and I have been homeschooling for 10 years. I enjoy photography, writing, music, and playing with my overactive kitten. I also blog at http://notesfrommycornerofcreation.blogspot.com. I would love to hear from you!

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  1. I just wanted to tell you that your devotional is beautiful! I hope you continue to write these.

    1. Thank you so much Brayley! I’m glad that you enjoyed it!

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