God is infinite in his SOVEREIGNTY
To be sovereign means to be in control of everything.
As you read, reflect on these three questions:
What does this mean for my life and my relationship with God?
What does this mean for my church and my relationship with the people at my church?
What does this mean for the world, and my relationship with the people of the world, especially non-Christians?
Remember this, keep it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. Remember the former things, those of long ago.
I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’
From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.
1. What does this mean for my life and my relationship with God?
My life has a beginning and an end that God knows too well. God has a plan that holds a promise in my life that he wants to come to pass. Nothing will stand against His purpose in my life because of who he is.
God is all powerful with all authority in the palm of His hands; whatever he plans he will fulfill. Therefore, I must stand true to this truth and the promise it brings. My only job in this equation is to believe and act by faith, knowing the end will be good.
If I recall His goodness, the mountains He has moved, the grace He has given me, where I was, and where I use to be, I am reminded that He is truly with me wherever I go and whatever I do.
2. What does this mean for my church and my relationship with the people at my church?
God has a purpose in my church and my role in it. God calls us to be witnesses to a lost generation and a light to where darkness is. Only God knows completely what exactly He wants the church to be and to do. However that may look like, I am encouraged to know that He will accomplish everything He plans.
God will continue to build the church and elevate those who remain faithful to His ministry. If we are His body, I should know that I must actively work together with people in my church to do what God has called us to do. I should see every believer as a partner, not a rival.
There are no limits to a church that is bonded together that knows God is control.
3. What does this mean for the world, and my relationship with the people or the world, especially non-Christians?
This means that even those who are outside the salvation of Christ have purpose waiting to be fulfilled. God in His sovereignty already knows their journey, the start and end, and yet desires to have a relationship with them. After all, we are His creation and no one else knows what’s best than Him.
However, we must first come to know Him and accept Him in our hearts in order to discover everything he has for us. From that perspective, I know that part of my purpose is to share the good news and be an open vessel for God to work through me.
There are still many lives to be touched, many relationships to be restored, and many people to be reached. If I rely on His Spirit working within me, I am able to be obedient to the work he has for me.