Saturday, September 27, 2008

Seeking Sovereignty

She shouted, "How could God let this happen?" I remember once praying, "Why me, Lord?" There is no rest in those questions, no peace at all. While I firmly believe God can handle all such questions, I know there is only one answer. He is God, sovereign, and we are not. If we define peace as the absence of war, or the absence of conflict, or the absence of trials and trouble, then we have defined a peace that we can never have here. Some seek peace in acceptance. The human mind can work to "accept the things I cannot change," and then broaden that list to include almost everything in life. Yet, in the end, this kind of acceptance leads to a passivity that is just as unfulfilling to the human soul as the injustices it forces its adherants to ignore. Peace, in the end, is found only in the sovereignty of God, and faith in His sovereignty is the key. For the peace that surpasses all understanding must not rely upon understanding, but upon faith in God and His sovereign stewardship of all that is. We may claim our own sovereignty and try to find our own peace, or we may accept the sovereignty of God and find His peace. I choose His, though I must choose it constantly. Life is one continuous peace-rattling event after another. Peace can rattle my humanity, but it cannot rattle His sovereignty. Paul knew about peace and sovereignty when he wrote Romans 8:28. The peace-rattling events in his life were more severe than most of us will ever know and still, with confidence, he could write, "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."


Garrett Starr said...

Isn't it interesting that the sweetest fragrances in our lives only come out by crushing?