God’s Sovereignty

The following devotional is taken from the devotional book Comfort in the Storm: Devotions for the Chemically Sensitive by Janine Ridings. (Comfort in the Storm contains a total of 94 devotionals)

I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.  I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please (Isaiah 46:9-10).

How many of us would’ve chosen MCS as our lot in life if we had been given a choice? Probably no one! The Christian life is a daily dying to our own wishes, plans, and desires for our lives. This is not always easy! These days we hear so much in Christian circles about God’s healing power that we may mistakenly assume that physical healing is our right as children of God.  Some of us may wonder, “Why not me, God?  If you heal so many others, why won’t you heal me?” 

An acquaintance of mine, Jim Dolhanyk helped me grapple with that question in my own life. In his early thirties, Jim was diagnosed with melanoma, a very aggressive type of skin cancer. He had surgery to remove the cancer initially, but, a year later, it was back with a vengeance. The doctors gave him four months to live. During that four-month period, when interviewed by Hank Hanegraaff on the radio program the Bible Answer Man, Hank asked Jim, “Would you be healed if you just had enough faith?”  I’ll never forget Jim’s response. He replied, “The question is not, ‘Do I have enough faith to be healed?’ the question is, ‘Do I trust God’s sovereignty?’”1

Wow! That statement revolutionized my thinking on the whole topic of healing. For the first time in my life, I realized God is not obligated to heal me if I simply have enough faith. On the contrary, God calls me to humble myself and be obedient to whatever plan He has for my life. Sometimes His plan is to heal, but other times it is not. I need to rest in His sovereign plan for my life, even when it may be different from mine. Proverbs 16:9 says: “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”

Humility and obedience go hand in hand. If we humble ourselves before God, we will willingly accept whatever He allows, even living with a chronic illness like MCS. Isaiah 66:2 says: “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” Christ humbled himself and was obedient to the point of death. When I think my trial of living with MCS is so great, I need to stop and ponder the humility and obedience of Jesus:

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!  (Philippians 2:5-8)

 I’m sure my suffering with MCS will never compare to the depth of Christ’s suffering. Today let’s meditate on His humility, asking God to work that same quality in our hearts and lives.

Categories Comfort In the Storm Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on November 13, 2011

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