In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Monday November 14, 2005

God Is in Control

Psalms 103:19-22

 

David introduces us to a fundamental attribute of God: His total sovereignty. In other words, He has complete authority and control over all human beings and every aspect of the universe. "Luck" and "good fortune" have no place in a discussion about God. To speak in terms of luck is to say there is no plan for our lives or the world at large. In that case, people would simply be victims of their circumstances — sometimes happy, but usually unfulfilled and always afraid of the future.

 

The Lord intends for us to live another way, confident of His absolute and loving control over every aspect of our existence. When we trust in the Father's sovereignty, we understand two assurances. First, He is intimately and continuously involved in our daily life. No matter how bleak our situation may seem, the Lord never stops providing, protecting, and caring for every believer. He know what we need for today and every one of our tomorrows.

 

Second, the Bible teaches that God will work every circumstance for our benefit — without exception! As situations become demanding, more painful, or seemingly impossible, our confidence may flag, but Romans 8:28 promises a divine purpose to each life event: "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."

 

We are not "lucky." As blessed children of a sovereign God, we are able to live confidently in the knowledge that He is in control. Trust Him to carry you through whatever trial stands in your way.