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Monday, January 7, 2013

Rejoice?

Read Psalm 97:1, Psalm 99:1, and Isaiah 43:13.  (You should be able to hover your mouse over the verse and it should pop up for you to read).

Whenever the topic of the Sovereignty of God comes up in a Bible study or a Sunday school class, there are some pretty consistent reactions.  One is denial.  Folks say that man is free and that God cannot force man to do anything.
How do you react to the idea that God is in sovereign control of your life?
Another reaction is confusion.  Folks do not understand or cannot fit what the Bible says about God’s control of the universe, like that of Isaiah 43:13, with their experience.

Sometimes the reaction is similar to Psalm 99:1, fear.

I do not remember anyone initially responding the way the Psalmist commands in 91:1, with rejoicing.  In my experience that is a learned response.  One has to come to grips with who God is and that the foundation of His rule, as it says in Psalm 97:2, is righteousness and justice.  Combine that with the certainty of His actions as depicted in Isaiah 43:13, and rejoicing in His irresistible righteousness and justice begins to make sense.

Regardless, He reigns.

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