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imagesSovereign is a word that Christians use in relation to God.

When a Christian says that God is sovereign, what we are saying is that we abdicate our control to Him, not just because He holds the position of a sovereign (king), but because we believe that His perspective is broader, bigger than our own and that He will only allow that which will benefit us, that which will be good for us.

That does not mean that we always receive all gifts from God with open hands. There are times that the gifts God gives are not what we wanted. They might disappoint, they might reduce the quality of our life, they might even hurt to the point of tears.

The person who has just been diagnosed with a terminal disease.
The person who has just lost their job.
The person whose spouse has said they no longer love them.
The person who is separated from someone they love.

I heard the story of a woman who was celebrating the birthday of her son. She was sharing with me how, when she was enroute to the hospital, if God had said to her, “I’ve decided that I will give you a healthy son, and he will be born with a disability affecting him physically and cognitively” she would not have opened her hands to receive that gift, but might have tried to negotiate with God. Yet, now, a dozen years after her son was born she cannot imagine all that she and her family would have missed out on without this gift, potentially received with a closed hand. She now can see that the gift God gave was good (although she does still mourn the difficulties for her son).

Hindsight does that, it gives us a better picture of our life, it is a picture that we do not see until it has past. God, though, sees the picture even before we are born. He sees our lives, and how they interact with others, in their whole entirety. When He gives us His gifts, He knows how they will be used to bring good to us … in the end.

How often are we handed gifts from God and we close our hands in receiving them? Or even turn our backs on them? We do this because we only see this very moment. We do not see the gift from a perspective of hindsight.

We can be certain of God’s care for those of us who are his subjects because He has proven to us that He loved us in sacrificing His only Son, for our good, future and life.

God is sovereign.

“We don’t yet see things clearly.
We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.
But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!
We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!”
1 Corinthians 13:12

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