Sermons & Devotional Messages

God's Sovereignty

by J. C. Philpot, "Daily Portions"

"You have made Him [Jesus] to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under His feet...
O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth! "
Psalm 8:6, 9

How vast, how numerous, how complicated are the various events and circumstances which attend the Christian here below, as he travels onward to his heavenly home!

But if all things are put under Jesus' feet, there cannot be a single circumstance over which He has not supreme control. Everything in providence and everything in grace are alike subject to His disposal. There is not...

  • a trial
  • a temptation
  • an affliction of body or soul
  • a loss
  • a cross
  • a painful bereavement
  • a vexation
  • a grief
  • a disappointment
  • a case, state or condition

          -which is not in under His sovereign domain.

He has sovereign, supreme disposal over all events and circumstances. As possessed of infinite knowledge He sees them; as possessed of infinite wisdom He can manage them; and as possessed of infinite power He can dispose and direct them for our good and His own glory.

How much trouble and anxiety would we save ourselves, could we firmly believe, realize, and act on this!

If we could see by the eye of faith that . . .

  • every foe and every fear,
  • every difficulty and perplexity,
  • every trying or painful circumstance,
  • every looked for or unlooked for event,
  • every source of care, whether at present or in prospect—are all at His sovereign disposal

        -what a load of anxiety and care would be often taken off our shoulders!

        “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” 1 Peter 4:12-14

      Remember this old hymn:  What a Friend we have in Jesus!  Let the second verse encourage you today:

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged;

take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

take it to the Lord in prayer.


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