What Happened To The Sovereignty Of God?


It was one of those ?teachable moments? a dad can seize to impress spiritual truth on the tender minds of his children.

We were driving to Maryland, where I was supposed to speak in a church that evening.? We weren?t running late, but we didn?t have any time to spare.? About 30 minutes into the 3 hour trip, we came upon stalled traffic.? Up ahead we could see the orange signs of a construction area.

After sitting there for awhile, being the model of godliness that I was, I put my hands behind my head, stretched, and with the very faith of Abraham said, ?Well kids, it?s times like these it?s good to trust in the sovereignty of God.? Yep.? God?s in control.? Don?t have a thing to worry about.?? What comfort, what assurance, what peace my mighty faith must have given my family.? Surely someday a bronze statue of me would mark the spot, with the inscription “The Man of Faith.”

About 1.2 minutes later we still weren?t moving.? Looking at my watch, I suddenly blurted out, ?This is not good!?

My wife, Kristi, slowly turned to look at me with an expression of disbelief, amusement and pity.? ?What happened to the sovereignty of God??

?Oh, yeah.? God is sovereign.? Of course.? I know that.? Don?t you think I know that?? I was just testing to see if you knew that.?

How quickly we can cave in our faith.? How easily we can trust God one moment, then doubt him the next.? Colossians tells us that we must “continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard” (1:23). We must continue to trust in the mighty power of his cross to justify us before him.? Continue to trust God?s promises and faithfulness despite what our eyes see.? Continue to trust that he?s sovereign though everything seems out of control, and to believe he?s good despite pain and suffering.

It?s not enough to burst out of the starting gate, we need to hold fast to Christ until the end of the race.

So keep clinging to the One who?s holding you; keep trusting the One whose everlasting arms are underneath you.

photo by haydnseek


  • Ron Reffett says:

    Hey Mark!

    Thanks for this post, God’s sovereignty has been somewhat of a theme in my life lately, I lost my first wife to breast cancer a few years ago and I would be lying if I said that it has been an easy road, however in the time that Kris(my first wife)has gone home, I have really sensed God’s truly in control, in fact I don’t know that my relationship with the Lord would be what it is today had I not gone through what I have been through. I’m convinced that nothing that comes into our lives is by chance or is a mistake, and as hard as it is to realize that means cancer too, I know that a lot of folks don’t believe that but I’m convinced that God uses all things for our good and that includes the seemingly bad things that come into our lives.
    God is truly good and he is sovereign, He has blessed me with a new wife and family and I love what it says in Psalm 68:5-6 “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation, God settles the solitary (lonely) in a home he leads out the prisoners to prosperity but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.”

    I am so very thankful for my daddy’s care in my life and I rest securely in the rock solid fact of his sovereignty.


    Ron Reffett

  • Thanks for your comments, Ron. When someone goes through trials like you’ve been through and they still trust that God is sovereign, loving and good it really brings him glory. I hope that I can do the same should I ever have to walk through something like you have.

  • “About 1.2 minutes later we still weren?t moving. Looking at my watch, I suddenly blurted out, ?This is not good!?”

    I literally laughed out loud.

    Your humility is winsome — and necessary — in our world of self-centered arrogance. May I be like you.

  • Hey Chris,

    Glad you got a laugh – my family sure was laughing after that too. Thanks for your encouragement.


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