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God is Sovereign
By Mark Appleton
March 15, 2011


Scripture
I Chronicles 29:12   “Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.”

Devotion
Power is a unique phenomenon.  Although we like it and cannot live without it, we find it frightening.  Think of the power that we derive from energy.  A car going 60 mph is wonderful.  That same car driving at 120 mph can scare the daylights out of you.  We enjoy the plethora of gadgets in our homes that need electricity, but fear the highly electrical bolt of lightning.  A controlled fire can cook and heat a home.  A powerful fire, on the other hand, can destroy an entire forest.

God also is a source of power.  In God’s sovereign power a universe complete with fossil fuels and life was created.  The Old Testament is full of stories where God’s power protected His people.  With God all things are possible.  Ten years ago who would have guessed that Mt. Auburn would have built a church in Africa?  Life is good!  We have all grown to appreciate a sovereign God that protects us and provides for our daily needs, but do we really comprehend the level of power that a sovereign God can demonstrate?  During the Lenten season, let God’s power guide your path.  Dare to go where others will not tread.  Dare to dream the impossible.  You might be surprised at how sovereign our God can really be and have a greater respect for our awesome God.  Sounds scary, but the best part about our God is that in addition to being sovereign, He is also compassionate.  Lucky us!

Prayer
Lord God, your power amazes us.  Help us to not be afraid of it.  Give us the courage to accept your power in our daily lives.

Other scripture references
1 Chr 29:11-13; Dan 2:20-22; Dan 4:24-35; Prov 16:9; Mt 19:26

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