Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Devotional Snapshot 61 - Sovereignty

"He is in the control room of the universe. He is the only Ultimate Cause; all the sins of man and machinations of Satan ultimately have to enhance the glory and kingdom of our Saviour." Operation World - Patrick Johnstone

"When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved." Acts 27:20

"...since not a hair will fall from the head of any of you." Acts 27:34

Now think about this promise in Acts 27! Words like: tempestuous, drive, running, difficulty, fearing, run aground, driven, exceedingly tempest-tossed, neither sun nor stars, given up hope, rocks, broken up by the violence of the waves, swim. These set a picture of a furious killer storm except for the fact God had promised no loss of life. The ship would be totally destroyed, all supplies and cargo lost, but they would all survive - swimmers and non-swimmers alike.

Probably unheard of in such a storm that no one drowns, not even sickly weak prisoners.

But the remarkable part of this story is that God is not content to save their lives only, He assures them He will keep every single strand of hair on their head.

Amazing! Wonderful! I laugh! I admire! I sigh with awe! What a God! Would that He would do that when I shower or brush my hair. You should see the dozens of strands falling into the tub after a gentle shampoo. Now picture this terrible storm again. The furious wind, ferocious waves, the knocking about to and fro, the falling on board the ship, the tangled ropes; now in the water, up and down, under, out, wave after wave pounding your body, your head, your hair. But not one strand is lost by all 276 men...not one.

His power, His sovereignty - they are too much for me to understand. But He is so wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, tongue can not confess the full extent of praise, honor, and glory that is due to His name. Because my God knew the exact number of each hair on those 276 passengers (Matthew 10:30). The number at the beginning of the storm was exactly the same as the number at the end. Because God so decreed.

Now tell me again He does not micro-manage the universe.

Think about times God displayed His sovereignty in your life. Thank Him and praise Him.

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