I try to make the sovereignty of God the foundation of everything I say.
What does it mean that God is sovereign?
It means God is completely in control of everything. The entire known and unknown universe is under his command, including human beings. There are no stray atoms defying his authority.
How does this truth make a difference in my daily life?
James says it so well. “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. (James 4:13–16)
We don’t know what tomorrow brings, but God does. So, we should hold our plans lightly and recognize that “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps (Proverbs 16:9).
If you truly, wholehearted believed this, what difference would it make in your life?
Knowing this should being about an amazing stability, like the house built upon the Rock, nothing shakes it.
If I believe God is good and God is sovereign, how might that effect how I get up in the morning? Go about my daily routine? Face suffering? Face tragedy?
There is something else James says about the practicality of God’s sovereignty. He says, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
In other words, we will do whatever the Lord wills.
That is amazingly practical stuff!
If we believe God is sovereign (and he is) then we should live our lives like he is. If we believe he is completely sovereign over the details of our lives, then live fearlessly. Love him, study his word, serve him, and do what you want to do, because if you are doing those three things, you will do what is right. If you spend all your time trying to figure out if something is the will of God, you will never do anything and you will not have any peace.
So plan confidently. Not much happens of any use in this world without planning.
God is a planning God (Ps. 33:11; Isa. 46:9-10; Ps. 57:2; Acts 13:36, 26:16, 17:26).
He expects you to make plans. And don’t worry if you make the wrong plan, he will change it. You plans may not come to pass, but his will always does.
Rest, dear sister.
Your God is in control.