Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Most High

So God is sovereign. Over everything...even Satan? Satan boasted that he would take his throne to heaven, above the stars of God, that he would be like the Most High (Isaiah 14:13-14). But what does he really believe and how does he act. Let's look in Job.

In Job 1 (6-12) Satan approached God and God asked him where he had been. Satan answered that he had been roaming the earth. Then GOD asked Satan if he had considered Job, His blameless and upright servant. It was God who brought Satan's attention to Job and God who gave him permission to try Job. This happens again in Job 2:1-10. God brings Satan's attention to Job, suggests that he test Job's faith. However, in BOTH instances God sets the boundaries as to what Satan can do to Job. Surprise, surprise...what does Satan do...HE OBEYS! Even Satan recognizes and respects God's sovereignty. Satan fears God.

Why is it comforting that God is sovereign over the "bad" in our lives? He also sets the boundaries. He has us in His hands and no one can take us from them. He sifts what comes upon us. Our knowledge of His sovereignty should make it easier for us to obey His command to rejoice in all circumstances. This doesn't mean to be joyful that it is happening to us, necessarily; but it does mean to be joyful in our knowledge of who is in control and who has saved us! In fact, God tells us to "be filled with the Spirit (look at that Erika! :-) )...always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father" (Eph. 5: 18,20) and the same is said again in 1 Thes 5:18. Nothing can happen without His permission! No one or thing can stop God's plans.

Understanding God as El Elyon is essential to understainging how "all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). Joseph understood this and never complained or held a grudge during his trials OR after. Jesus understood this as He stood in condemnation for OUR sins, while He was spotless. May I remember this the next time I feel wronged. Instead to complaining, may I thank God for who He is and that He is Supreme over all!

1 comment:

Erika said...

Oh thank you! What a wonderful thing to read this morning. Andy had a meeting last night that went rather horribly, and we both were wondering what we are doing wrong... in fact, we are not anything but following God's direction, and he is in complete control! He gives us challenges like what he faced last night to gauge our reaction, and while there is a limit to how far this will go, what a comfort to know that things like this are happening for a reason! You are certainly right when you say it doesn't mean we have to be joyful about it, but we can rejoice in knowing that GOD is in COMPLETE control and will see us through. Thank you for the reminder to give thanks for what we have been given.