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IS THE SOVEREIGN GOD YOUR SOVEREIGN?

In today’s One Year Bible reading in Zech. 10–11, the prophet Zechariah directs our attention to the only One Who is truly sovereign—not only over the affairs of man, but over all of creation.

God is sovereign over His creation. A farmer needs rain at the right time; and God, who can control the weather, sends rain on the just and the unjust (Matt. 5:45) because He loves them. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Jesus could demonstrate His power over nature by calming a storm (Matt. 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22–25).

In contrast to the all-powerful, sovereign God, Satan’s messengers—idols and diviners—lie. Those who listen to their counsel instead of God’s wander about, not knowing which way to turn.

God loves His people and cares for them—which includes discipline when needed! As part of His loving discipline, God scattered His chosen people—the people of Israel—to Egypt and Assyria (and later to Babylon). But after the season of discipline, God restored His people to Himself.

And so we must keep in mind that ultimately God will not allow anything to take His place of preeminence. Zechariah prophesied that God would remove Egypt from its position of power, and said the Nile—which was not only the primary water source for Egypt, but one of its major gods as well—would be dried up. The powerful nation of Assyria would be brought down. The cedars of Lebanon and the oaks of Bashan would be removed. The rich pastures on which shepherds depended for their livelihood would be destroyed.

Is the Sovereign God your sovereign?

 

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OUR GREAT GOD

The psalm for today’s OYB reading is 145. Here we are reminded of several aspects of God’s character.

 3 his greatness no one can fathom. I need to remind myself sometimes that I just can’t know or fathom all that our great infinite God knows and can do.

4 One generation will commend your works to another Isn’t that what we all hope for for those who come after us?

8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. God’s kingdom and His dominion always have been, and always will be.

13, 17 The Lord is… loving toward all he has made. (NIV)

14 The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. What a comfort that is.

18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Another great promise.

20 The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. Captures two destinies and we will all face one or the other.

21 Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever. The psalm ends as it began, with a call to praise.

Some years ago one of our daughters suggested that our family memorize this Psalm together. Since then I’ve reviewed it from time to time, and it still brings a lot of encouragement to me.

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