god’s sovereignty

Finding Refuge in the Sovereign Lord

Finding Refuge in the Sovereign Lord

Uncertainty of Life

In a world that seems to be constantly shifting and changing, it can be easy to feel unsettled and uncertain.

From global crises to personal struggles, we often find ourselves grasping for something solid and dependable to anchor our lives.

Sovereign Refuge

In the midst of life’s storms, the prophet Isaiah offers a powerful reminder of where we can find true refuge. In Isaiah 33:22 (NIV), we read, “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.”

Our Judge

The Lord is our Judge, the ultimate arbiter of justice and righteousness.

In a world where injustice and evil seem to prevail, we can take comfort in knowing that our God is a just and righteous Judge who will ultimately set all things right.

Our Lawgiver

The Lord is our Lawgiver, the source of all moral and ethical truth.

We live in a world where values and morals are constantly shifting, we can find stability and guidance in the unchanging laws and principles of God’s Word.

Our King

The Lord is our King, the sovereign ruler over all creation.

While earthly powers rise and fall, we can place our trust in the one true King whose reign is eternal and whose authority is unrivaled.

Trusting in God’s Sovereignty

To trust in God’s sovereignty is to acknowledge His ultimate control and authority over every aspect of our lives and the world around us.

It is to surrender our fears, doubts, and uncertainties to the One who holds all things in His hands.

Finding Peace in Uncertainty

When we understand that God is truly sovereign, we can find peace even in the midst of uncertainty.

We can rest assured that nothing happens outside of His knowledge and control, and that He is working all things together for our good and His glory.

Gaining Strength in Weakness

In our moments of weakness and vulnerability, we can draw strength from the truth that our God is sovereign. He is not limited by our limitations or bound by our circumstances. His power is limitless, and His presence is ever-near.

Living with Confidence

When we embrace God’s sovereignty, we can live with confidence, knowing that our lives are secure in His hands.

We can face each day with courage and boldness, trusting that the One who is our Judge, Lawgiver, and King is always with us, leading and guiding our steps.

A Present and Faithful God

The beauty of God’s sovereignty is that it is not merely a distant, abstract concept but a present and tangible reality in our lives.

As we journey through this life, we can take comfort in the fact that our sovereign God is ever-present, ever-faithful, and ever-powerful.

In moments of joy, He rejoices with us. In times of sorrow, He comforts us. In seasons of uncertainty, He guides us. And in the face of adversity, He strengthens us.

For He is our Judge, our Lawgiver, and our King – the one true source of refuge, hope, and salvation.

When you trust in the One who is sovereign over all, you can face whatever life brings with a peace that surpasses all understanding, secure in the knowledge that your life is in the hands of the One who rules and reigns forevermore.

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Secret Things Belong to the Lord

Secret Things Belong to the Lord

“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.” (Deuteronomy 29:29, NIV)


This verse comes from a book that records the words and deeds of Moses, the leader and lawgiver of Israel. In this book, he reviews the history and the covenant of God with His people, as they prepare to enter the promised land.

He reminds them of the blessings and curses that will follow their obedience or disobedience to God’s commands.

In chapter 29, he renews the covenant with them, and warns them of the consequences of breaking it. He also acknowledges that there are some things that only God knows, and some things that He has revealed to them.

The Message

What can we learn from this verse and its context? First, we can learn that God is sovereign and mysterious. He has the secret things, meaning that He has the knowledge and the power that are hidden from us.

He knows the end from the beginning, and He controls all things according to His will. He is the one who makes and keeps the covenant, and He is the one who judges and saves.

He is the one who reveals and conceals, and He is the one who speaks and acts.

Second, we can learn that God is gracious and faithful. He has the things revealed, meaning that He has the knowledge and the power that are given to us.

He has revealed Himself to us, and He has revealed His will to us. He has given us His law, His promises, His warnings, and His instructions. He has given us His presence, His guidance, His protection, and His provision.

He has given us His Son, His Spirit, His Word, and His Church.

Third, we can learn that God is holy and righteous. He has the words of this law, meaning that He has the standard and the expectation that are required of us.

He has given us His commands, His statutes, His decrees, and His ordinances. He has shown us His ways, His works, His wonders, and His signs.

He has called us to love Him, to obey Him, to trust Him, and to serve Him.

How can we apply this verse and its message to our lives? Here are some suggestions:

Revere God

Acknowledge that God is sovereign and mysterious, and that He deserves our awe and respect.

Do not try to manipulate God, but accept His wisdom and authority. Do not doubt or question God, but worship and praise Him.

Do not ignore or neglect God, but seek and honor Him.

Receive God

Recognize that God is gracious and faithful, and that He offers us His love and mercy.

Do not reject or resist God, but welcome His revelation and gift. Do not take for granted or abuse God, but appreciate and cherish Him.

Do not forget or betray God, but remember and thank Him.

Respond to God

Realize that God is holy and righteous, and that He expects us to be His obedient and faithful people.

Do not disobey or rebel against God, but follow His commands and instructions. Do not disregard or compromise with God, but heed His warnings and promises.

Do not disappoint or dishonor God, but please and glorify Him.

The secret things belong to the Lord, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children. This is the message of Deuteronomy 29:29, and this is the message of the covenant. Let us heed it and live by it.

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Unbreakable Bond

Unbreakable Bond

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:29)

The Bible contains an amazing promise from Jesus that should give every Christian great comfort and confidence. Jesus says in the Gospel of John that God the Father has given believers to Him as a gift, and that no one can ever take us out of God’s hand.

Salvation Comes from God’s Grace

First, Jesus tells us that Christians belong to Him because God the Father has given them to Him. This means that our salvation does not depend on anything we do to earn it. Instead, it depends completely on God’s grace and love towards us.

Before time began, God chose us and set His love upon us. He saved us and adopted us as His own dear children, not because we were worthy, but because He is so gracious and kind.

Since our salvation comes as a free gift from God, we can be sure that He will not change His mind later and turn His back on us. He knew all our flaws and failures ahead of time, and he saved us anyway.

His love lasts forever, because God Himself lasts forever. Our security is based on God’s faithful promise, not our own efforts.

God Rules Over All Things

Jesus also reminds us that God His Father is greater than all. As the eternal Creator of the universe, God has supreme power and authority over all that exists.

No one can compete with Him or threaten Him in any way. Every king and every ruler must ultimately give account to God.

This means that God has the power to protect us and keep us safe no matter what may come against us. No enemy, no sickness or tragedy, no hardship or danger is too much for God to handle or shield us from.

God is mightier than any force in heaven or on earth. We can take refuge in him because nothing can overcome His strength and love for His people.

No One Can Snatch Us from God’s Grip

Not only is God supremely powerful, Jesus says, but He also holds on tightly to those who believe in Him. No one can snatch us out of His hand—we are gripped firmly by the Almighty Creator who loves us!

Just as a loving parent holds onto a small child to keep them from wandering into danger, God cradles us in His mighty hands. He keeps his eye always on us, guiding our steps. He surrounds us constantly with His comfort, strength and love.

We do not keep ourselves safe from enemies or hardship through our own power. We rely fully on God’s power and faithfulness towards us. Our confidence comes from understanding that the eternal, almighty Creator of the universe has promised to hold onto us tightly forever.

He will never forget us or let us slip through His fingers. His grip on our lives will never loosen or grow weak.

United with God Forever

This intimate bond between God and His people was made possible through Jesus. Jesus is God in human form who lived among us. He died and rose again to pay for our sins, making reconciliation between God and man possible.

Now Jesus invites us to be united with Him and with God the Father in a relationship of love. He wants us to know Him, enjoy close friendship with Him, and reflect His love out into the world.

Because of Jesus, Christians do not relate to God merely through laws or rituals. We have intimacy with God—we are united to Him by Jesus Christ our Lord! God embraces us as His own dear children and promises to keep us safe, loved, and secure in His hands forever.

Understanding this incredible privilege should inspire our deep love, gratitude and reverence for God our Father, now and for all eternity.

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