All things for good

prosperity-dummiesRomans 8:28 may sound like a cliché, but it’s profoundly true.  In times of turmoil and tragedy it is the Christian’s great comfort and solid ground.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

The Apostle Paul writes, “And we know”.  He assumes the Christians in Rome would have been taught this foundational truth about the sovereignty of God.  

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Is the world officially out of control?

god at workYou probably have watched the news this week and seen the aeroplane crashes, the storms, the violent invasions, the violence, the sorrow and all the pain – and thought to yourself – the world is officially out of control.  The Bible, however, tells us that the world is, for the record, not out of control; but continually being governed and directed by a sovereign God.

Lord of all

When we speak of God’s “sovereignty”, theologians also use the word “providence”.  “Sovereign” means absolute ruler or someone possessing supreme or ultimate power.  This is of course true of God – that’s why we call him “God”.  By the term “providence”, we mean that because God is absolute ruler, he preserves and governs everything in the universe as well – including your life and circumstances.

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I create disaster, says the Lord

Jim Elliot
Jim Elliot (1927-1956)

Isaiah 45 is a very difficult passage for those who have a small view of God. Yet this same chapter is of great value to Christians. Isaiah teaches in this chapter that God is sovereign over all of nature and history, and nothing happens except as ordained by God.

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