Since I have been preaching in Ephesians I have been contemplating the Sovereignty of God. We know according to Ephesians 1 That God had chosen and predestined Paul (and us) to live holy and blameless in this world. He has picked us to be his adopted children saved by his Son.
Ephesians 1:4-6 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace.
Paul said we you and I have been adopted into God’s family as his sons. In Paul’s case he was selected to be God’s Apostle. So good so far but, now let’s take this another step.
In I Kings 22:19-21 God was going to send Ahab to his doom for the evil he wrought in Israel. God permitted a deceiving spirit (Demon) to go and persuade Ahab to go up and get killed in battle. In other words the Lord moved Ahab through his own rebellion to go to his death even though a prophet of God warned Ahab exactly what would happen if he went to battle.
As another example take a moment to think about Joseph who was sold into Egypt. In Genesis 50:20 we are told “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
God saw to it that Joseph was sold into slavery and imprisoned so that eventually he would appear before Pharaoh to interpret his dream which lead Joseph to be in a position to save his whole family. This is the sovereignty of God.
So as I sit at McDonalds on a Saturday afternoon and I’m asking myself is its God’s providence for me to be here? What do you think? I think I’m here because I wanted to be here but is it possible that God lead me here? If he sent Joseph to Egypt and Ahab to his death then I could well be here for something greater then wrapping up my blog. I do know I had a good amount of time to study and read today so I’m thankful.
If God is in sovereign control that would mean that you’re sitting there reading this for more reasons than being curious about my blog. Sometimes I think we dwell too much in the world’s thinking and we do not contemplate God’s hand continuously on our lives. So why am I at here? I’ll let you know maybe it is just because it’s a good place to work while I wait for my son but, maybe there is more.