The Sovereignty of God

The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything.

Psalm 103:19 (NLT)

Have you ever heard someone say, “Who’s in charge here?” Or, “Let me speak to the person in charge.” We know from experience that the higher up the chain of command the more likely we can find someone with the authority to help us. The ones at the top make the rules. They know rules help everything to run smoothly, but they also know when to make exceptions because they see the bigger picture.

God is sovereign. He is called the King of kings and the Lord of lords because their is no one higher. It does get a little complex with our understanding of God as a triune being—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—but while Jesus was on the earth as a man, he was given the name above every other name. Jesus translates as “he saves” or “Yahweh saves.” The verse goes on to say, Jesus Christ is Lord. Christ is not his last name but means chosen or anointed one. Lord means ruler or one who has authority over others.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11 (ESV)

The take away here is that Jesus has been designated as our sovereign. But he not only has authority over mankind, he rules over all creation.

The men wondered in amazement, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Matthew 8:27 (AMP)

It’s no wonder why we pray “in the name of Jesus,” it’s because we know he has the authority to make a difference. The rules may be set, but nothing is impossible with God. After all he sees the bigger picture and knows when to make an exception.

Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.

1 Chronicles 29:11-12 (NIV)

Grace & Peace,

Sandy

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