Day 44: Sovereignty
When we talk about God’s sovereignty in our lives, many times we like to reference Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Admittedly, it’s hard to be fully convinced of these plans when we feel overwhelmed and surrounded by hardship with no end in sight. But have you ever thought about God’s sovereignty in terms of Jesus’s life while He was here on earth? Let’s take a look…
Pray: that you wouldn’t be distracted during this time. Jesus’ life is something we constantly study as Christians, but there’s a good reason for it. And it never gets old!
Read: Acts 2:22-24
Application: I know today’s passage is pretty short, but take the time to read these verses a few times through, especially verse 23. It’s just so crazy (for me) to reflect on Jesus’ purpose for living on earth. Yes, He came to fulfill many prophecies, to heal the sick, to make disciples, and much more, but ultimately, His purpose for living was dying. For you. For me. For everyone around you. And this death, this tortuous crucifixion of our Lord, was “according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God.”
Wait….what? Yes, that’s right. The God of the universe planned a long, long time ago that He would humiliate His one and only Son by sending Him to the earth as a human to dwell among us, and even further by crucifying Him. And why would He do that? One reason: love. You’ve probably heard this so many times, but let it ring true once again in your heart. God was pleased to crush His Son on the cross in order that you may have life and know Him, because He really does love you that much. I can’t think of a better picture of God’s sovereignty than by looking at Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. If God is big enough to plan that intricate of a plan for His beloved Son, don’t you think that He’s got your life under control, too? =)
Pray: that God would continue to reveal to you the reality of His sovereignty, both in your life and in general, and that you would be able to truly find comfort in His promise.