Contemplate God’s Sovereignty


Background:

As I write this article I am recovering from my second round of  serious colon surgery in the last six months.  At three score and ten years of age, this is really the first time I have had significant surgery that requires an extensive recovery period.  I must admit that I am surprised that the physical recovery has been much more difficult than I anticipated.

But that is not the real surprise.  No, not at all.  Instead, I am surprised at how I have let circumstances consume so much of my spiritual journey over the past fourteen days.  I went into this round of surgery with a strong faith and a peace that all was going to be well.  I still have that faith and peace, but I was not prepared  for how the pain, the severe lack of sleep and the constant disruption of my “normal” body functions would so affect my relationship with my Heavenly Father.

During the height of the difficulty my dear wife pointed out that she was surprised to see me with such a negative attitude.  She reminded me of the series of Sunday School lessons that I had taught to the young married class on the proper “attitude” for a Christian in various situations.  My wife nailed me with that reminder and I began to deal with the pain from a different perspective.

Article by: Ronnie Floyd in Open Windows - Fall 2013

Article by: Ronnie Floyd in Open Windows – Fall 2013

As I prayed about the situation I was prompted to revisit some of the devotional material I sometimes read.

I was drawn to a devotional published in the fall 2013 edition of Open Windows, a publication of LifeWay. Thanks to well-known Pastor Ronnie Floyd for the devotion included for Sunday, September 1, 2013  … “Contemplate God’s Sovereignty.”  Floyd is senior pastor, Cross Church, Springdale, Arkansas.  He is also lead pastor and strategist, for SEND North America and serves as general editor of LifeWay’s Bible Studies for Life.  Pastor Floyd is the author of numerous books including in part: Our Last Great Hope; The Power of Prayer and Fasting; Ten Things Every Minister Needs to Know; Finding the Favor of God; Life on Fire; How to Pray; The Meaning of a Man

 Scripture:  (all KJV unless otherwise noted)

Romans 11:33-36 – 33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? 35 Or who hath first  given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Discussion:

God is sovereign … what does that mean?  Floyd defines sovereignty as “God’s rule and work according to His eternal purpose — even when we may think events contradict or oppose His rule.”  Paul writes that God’s “depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge” are beyond those of any other … especially that of man.  Who has proven to be mightier than God?  NONE!  Who has been God’s superior counsellor!    NONE!  “Or who has given a gift to Him that he might be repaid? (ESV)”  NONE!  He created all things.  He provides for all things.  He is in control of all circumstances.  Nothing exists apart from Him! “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever.  Amen. (vs. 36)”

Reflection:

While Ronnie Floyd’s article deals more specifically with tragic situations such as school shootings, suicide, child abuse, etc., I believe the scriptures also are applicable to my personal situation.  God is in control of ALL circumstances.  And as a reminder, ALL means ALL and that is ALL that ALL can mean.

So as far as I am concerned, God is Sovereign and my situation is small indeed.  With His constant presence I am praying along with Ronnie Floyd, “Lord since you are in complete control, I choose to trust You regardless of my circumstances.”   Choosing is an option.  Having a proper attitude has everything to do with making good choices.  Thank you Lord for such a perceptive partner!

How about you?  Are you going through seemingly uncontrollable circumstances?  Perhaps identification with my experience will help you to trust God regardless of the circumstances.

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Jim’s Current Series on The Fall of a Godly Nation:

  • The Fall of a Godly Nation – An Introduction to a Series of Articles on Ancient Israel and Judah That Parallel Our Modern Day (published January 17, 2014)
  • Revival Before the Fall – Hezekiah Brings Reforms and Revival to Judah
  • Successful Execution of the Wrong Plan – Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • Intentional Deceit – The Lies and Intimidation of Sennacherib
  • The Folly of Not Trusting God – Isaiah Pronounces Judgement
  • God Listens and Restores – Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery
  • The Offense: Man’s Boasting Ways – Sennacherib Boasts Against the Lord
  • The Punishment: God Keeps His Word – Sennacherib’s Defeat and Death
  • Passing the Mantle – Hezekiah Dies and His Son Manasseh Turns Away From God

I am excited about the message of these articles and look forward to completing them!  It will take me some time as I have again begun working on my third book, Thank You Lord For Saving My Soul, which will include an extensive updated article on Evangelists Seth and Bessie Sykes.

Look for the next article in this series soon.

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Jim Davenport resides in the USA in Northeast Georgia, is a member of a Southern Baptist Church and is a retired Christian business man. Jim and his wife Charlotte have one son and daughter in law, Keven and Amy, four grandchildren - Ashlyn (Davenport) & Josh Murphy, and Mason & Rebecca Davenport. We have three great-grandchildren, Rhory Camile Murphy, Rhett Levi Murphy and Sawyer Joshua Murphy. Jim and Charlotte own a mountain get-away home located on Lookout Mountain in Alabama where they spend many spring, summer and fall days working in their raised bed organic garden. Jim has served as a Deacon and Trustee in his local church most of his adult life and on the Executive Committee and Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees of Shorter University, an intentionally Christian institution located in Rome, Georgia. Jim has a passion for the word of God and has always believed that Christian principles should guide every aspect of his life. He also loves Christian music and often served as a tenor soloist in his church. One of the highlights of his life was the nearly 20 years he spent singing with The Good News, a Southern Gospel quartet. Jim served as an Information Technology professional his entire working career of 50 years holding senior positions in and consulting with hundreds of world-class organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Jim remains as President and CEO of InfoSys Solutions Associates, Inc. and is a retired partner of IT Governance Partners, LLC, both of which are “Trusted Advisor” technology and business consulting firms. Jim has authored a number of books available at www.jimdavenport.me/jims-books. His blog has ben read by readers from more than 170 countries. Jim holds both a BS and an MS in Mathematics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and completed Management Development Training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
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3 Responses to Contemplate God’s Sovereignty

  1. Chris Bruce says:

    As I read the article “parading in his own glory” I reflect that although I am having a good business year, I need to thank The Lord and my team more so than I have for that success. Thank you Jim for helping me stay grounded and humble. I’m attending a weekend event with some State Farm management staff, when I’m congratulated on my agencies performance top of mind will the reason for my success, God blessing will be.

    Chris

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  2. bwebbjr says:

    Yes Jim, even in the midst of our pain … the midst of our suffering … the midst of our trials and suffering, God is indeed sovereign. God is not surprised or caught unawares and oftentimes in the midst of what we can see absolutely no good, God is accomplishing His will, plan and purpose just as He promises in Romans 8:28. For me personally, I am often struck and convicted by Peter walking on water in Matthew 14. As long as his eyes were focused on Jesus, he walked on water. But when he took his eyes off Jesus and instead became focused on the waves, the winds, the storm … he began to sink. Are we really any different? I know I’m not. Yet that tale has an incredible and often overlooked ending. When Peter realized his dilemma, he cried out to Jesus, ‘Save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and saved him. Oh Jim, my prayer for you, my prayer for Charlotte is that you too may have such an ending to this story in your life together. Love you brother … Be His and be healed! Bernie

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