We sometimes express disappointment in God’s sovereignty. We make statements such as “That’s not what I would prefer, but God is sovereign”, or “It wasn’t what I was praying for, but oh well, God is sovereign.” Yesterday, after waiting all day for a telephone call which never came, I was praying, and told God that I really wanted and needed to receive that call, that I had repeatedly asked Him for it, but He had chosen to remain silent. I said, “I really wanted this today, but I guess you are sovereign.”
My statement was accurate, but was made with the wrong attitude. If I believe that God loves me, holds not just my life, but the whole world in His hands, I shouldn’t reluctantly be resigned to the fact that God is sovereign. I should rejoice in His sovereignty! He knows all things. He has dominion over all things. He knows what is best, and when it is best.
Paul tells us in Philippians, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Peace comes from God, and from resting in His sovereignty. Rejoice! God is sovereign!