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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Dear Colleagues,

REFLECTING GOD IN THE MARKET PLACE: HIS SOVEREIGNTY (Part 3 of 10)

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In our wacko world of helter skelter, (that includes the market place) we, the followers of the Lord Jesus must be asking the question from time to time, Where is God? Is He really in control? If so, why do horrible things happen to His people? Why are the wicked flourishing and His children languishing? In truth, many things are happening around us that simply make no sense and seem so unjust. So, where is God? (See Ps. 73)

How are we to understand, for example, the Scriptural account of the decapitation of John the Baptist at the whim of an inebriated king and a sensual teen ager? (Mk. 6:14-29). How is it that Job suffered unimaginably as the star player in a drama played out between God and Satan without a modicum of explanation to Job as to why? The Scriptures do remind us that,  the secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law (Deut. 29:29) St. Paul addresses lifes mysteries by stating the fact that this side of eternity we don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! (I Cor. 13:12  – Msg.)

We do know from the word of God, and from personal experience that God is good, and that he has our best interests at heart (Gen. 1:31; Psa. 4:5; 52:1; 139:14; 145:9, 15,16; Jer. 29:11).

So, what does the term God is Sovereign mean? It means that God is exercising His supremacy as the Most High Lord of heaven and earth. He is subject to no one, and is influenced by none. He is absolutely independent. That is, God does as He pleases and none can hinder Him: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (Isa. 46:10b) (See Gen. 18:14; Jer. 32:27; Matt. 3:9; 26:53) As the Sovereign of the universe He is directing all things in conformity with the purpose of his will (Eph. 1:11b).

Certainly, we are cautioned in Scripture to not question His sovereignty: Woe to him who strives with his Maker!a worthless piece of broken pottery among other pieces equally worthless [and yet presuming to strive with his Maker]! Shall the clay say to him who fashions it, what do you think you are making? (Isa. 45:9 Amp.). (See Psa. 135:6; 115:3; Dan. 4:35) In our moments of confusion or grief, Job stands out as our quintessential example as to how we are to respond to the sovereignty of God, confusing as it may appear: Job, upon hearing of his monumental loses, Got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised. In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. Said heShall we accept good from God, and not trouble? In all this, Job did not sin in what he said (Job 1:20-23; 2:10). (See Gen. 50:20)

Charles Spurgeon, that great British preacher of the 1800s stated, There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of Gods Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most sever trials, they believe that Sovereignty has ordained their affliction, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all. (See Pro. 21:1; Rom. 9:15-18)

Prayer: Lord, there is much  in  life  that  is  beyond  my  scope of  understanding. As  an act of faith I choose to surrender to and trust in you, my Sovereign God. Amen.

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