Sunday, April 22, 2012

Submitting to God's Sovereignty

"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? 
You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 
Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'” 
James 4:14-15

After several days of temperatures near 70 degrees, we awoke one morning this week to a blanket of snow on the ground. The unexpected snowfall reminded me that we aren't the ones in control of the weather, or any other part of life. We are not in control of the future, we are not sovereign. But the Lord is. We are wise to humbly make plans with the caveat that our plans will come to fruition only if it is the Lord's will. When we plan in submission to His sovereignty we are never disappointed. "Napoleon Bonaparte was a military genius, but his pride led to his downfall. He was about to invade Russia, but a friend tried to dissuade him. When it became apparent that Napoleon would not be budged, the friend shared the familiar proverb, 'Man proposes, God disposes.' Napoleon angrily snapped back, 'I dispose as well as propose.' A Christian upon hearing this remark said, 'I set that down as the turning point of Bonaparte’s fortunes. God will not suffer a creature with impunity to usurp His prerogative.' Sure enough, Napoleon’s invasion of Russia was the beginning of his downfall" (Steven J. Cole quoting from Harold Fickett, Faith that Works [G/L Regal Books], p. 134)."

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