I do not believe in being lucky or unlucky. Or in coincidences. I DO believe in a God that is sovereign and who knows all things and can control all things. He is in charge of the universe and yet still delights in me and the knows the details of my daily life. And if He knows those details AND He is in control, why would I waste one minute of my day worrying? Your life will be transformed when you can grasp this fully. It truly is amazing , and I don't think our human minds can fathom His greatness. I love to read the Psalms to be reminded of the characteristics of God...as the Psalmists pour out their love for Him. I long to understand whom I serve....and what I find is a loving, personal God who wants to be involved in every decision of our lives. He allows us to wake every morning...can He not handle the problems of our day?
John Piper had this to say in response to the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse and the sovereignty of God (see full response here):
"All of us have sinned against God, not just against man. This is an outrage ten thousand times worse than the collapse of the 35W bridge. That any human is breathing at this minute on this planet is sheer mercy from God. God makes the sun rise and the rain fall on those who do not treasure him above all else. He causes the heart to beat and the lungs to work for millions of people who deserve his wrath. This is a view of reality that desperately needs to be taught in our churches, so that we are prepared for the calamities of the world."
Piper reminds us of our frail existence here on earth...and of a God who is POWERFUL beyond measure. Powerful, and yet He desires that none should perish. He has a gentle spirit. He longs speak with us all day. To be close to us. Isn't it amazing how easy it is to forget who holds all things together? We walk away from His love and His plan so easily.
Elisabeth Elliot shares this:
I know of no greater simplifier for all of life. Whatever happens is assigned. Does the intellect balk at that? Can we say that there are things that happen to us that do not belong to our lovingly assigned "portion"("This belongs to it, that does not") Are some things, then, out of the control of the Almighty? Every assignment is measured and controlled for my eternal good. As I accept the given portion, other options are canceled. Decisions become much easier, directions clearer, and hence my heart becomes inexpressibly quieter. A quiet heart is content with what God gives.
Are some things, then, out of the control of the Almighty? No! So why do we act as if they are? In every circumstance, God's purpose can be found...although it may take years or even a lifetime. It's ok to question God when you are in a difficult, painful situations...but we must never doubt His purpose in it and His desire to be glorified through it.
If you have never read the blog "Especially Heather", you need to start. I have been reading Heather's response to her brain cancer since she was diagnosed...and I am encouraged daily by this amazing woman's understanding that God is sovereign. She is continually blessing others with her wisdom and giving God glory, despite the incredible pain she is going through right now. She has recently posted a couple of videos/lyrics that have really made me think about what it means to give God glory in ALL things. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did (the titles link to the videos).
Bring The Rain MercyMe I can count a million times People asking me how I Can praise You with all that I’ve gone through The question just amazes me Can circumstances possibly Change who I forever am in You
Maybe since my life was changed Long before these rainy days It’s never really ever crossed my mind To turn my back on you, oh Lord My only shelter from the storm But instead I draw closer through these times So I pray
Bring me joy, bring me peace Bring the chance to be free Bring me anything that brings You glory And I know there’ll be days When this life brings me pain But if that’s what it takes to praise You Jesus, bring the rain
I am yours regardless of the clouds that may loom above because you are much greater than my pain you who made a way for me suffering your destiny so tell me whats a little rain
And one of my favorites...
great is the Lord, so worthy of praise great is the Lord
one generation will commend Your kingdom to one another they will speak of You and i will meditate on Your wonder and they, they will speak of Your glorious splendor of Your majesty everyday i’ll praise thee forever and ever
everyday i will praise for You open Your hand and satisfy desires of all things my God the King
the Lord is gracious and slow to anger He is rich in love He is good to all
all who call on Him in truth He is near to and He hears their cry and saves them