God is still Sovereign

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, September 14, 2018


Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. Psalm 135:6 NIV

Most people living in North Carolina are bunkering down this weekend to deal with hurricane Florence. Unfortunately, some people will lose their homes. I pray no one loses their life. Yet the power and fury of the storm cannot be taken for granted even though it has lost some of its strength.

Throughout the night, the wind was blowing fiercely, and the house was shaking. But I slept with confidence because I knew my life and the life of those in my household are in the hands of God. All we can do is pray and trust God. He still has sovereign authority over elements of nature.

In times like this, I appreciate the words of Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” One of the many benefits of scripture is that it reminds us of the promises of God, and teaches us about the sovereignty of God. In Scripture we find hope to endure in times of a storm.

In today’s text, the Psalmist reminds us that the Lord does whatever he pleases, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. Wow! That is indeed an encouraging word in such a time as this. When I parallel these words with what is said in Psalm 34:19: Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all, then, why should I be afraid.

If God does whatever he wants, anywhere he wants, then we can be confident that all things will work together for our good (Romans 8:28). That means, when cancer or other life-threatening illnesses come, we can wait on the Lord and be of good courage because he has sovereignty over all diseases. If he doesn’t heal, we yet have to thank him because we know he has a plan for our lives for this earth and for heaven, according to Jeremiah 29:11.

When financial crises or political crises or natural disasters come, we have to look to God. All the wealth of the earth belongs to God and not the Devil. He is the supplier of all our needs and the decider of our fate. Earthly rulers and authorities can only do what he allows them to do. And all the elements of nature are under his dominion.

There is no gauge to measure the Almighty’s sovereignty. He has demonstrated his love for us and his power to sustain us by his grace since the beginning of time. Therefore, we should not be afraid though the winds of Florence are blowing with deadly intent. Though our houses may shake or trees may fall down, or water may rise, or cancer may be detected in our body or the mortgage is not paid, or there is still no job offer after many interviews, we yet have to trust in the sovereignty of God.

What does it mean to trust in the sovereignty of God? It means to turn our trials into testimonies. We have to rejoice in adversity. It also says that we have to be a source of encouragement for others, and learn to wait on God no matter how difficult things become.

Prayer- Father, we pray for those who are dealing with storms in their lives. Give them the comfort of your loving presence so they can endure and overcome.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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