Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Ps. 115:3 (ESV)
Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. Isa. 46:9-10 (NLT)
“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.“ Job 42:2 (NIV)
Dear heavenly Father, though I am quite capable of fretting, carping, and lamenting about how out of control things seem, the truth is, nothing could be farther from the truth. I may not always see your hand, discern your heart, or like your ways, but you are God and there is no other. Hallelujah, many times over.
Italy has her three tenors, but your Word gives us these three magnificent voices today, all affirming the same glorious truth: You are God, and we are not. You were sovereign over King David’s challenged rule, crazy family, and personal failures. You were sovereign over Isaiah’s difficult ministry and the outlandish promises you gave him to proclaim. You were sovereign over Job’s loses and betrayals, misery and waiting. Indeed, no purpose of yours can be (or will be) thwarted.
Surely, therefore Father, I can trust you with however you choose to write my story. You give and you take away—but always and ever to bring glory to yourself. You work in all things for your glory and our good—no exceptions. When you wound, ultimately it’s to heal. When you enrich, it’s to make me generous. When you wait, it’s not to frustrate me, but to consecrate me to the mystery and bigger purpose you have planned. When you say “No” to my “good” requests, it’s because a better “Yes” is waiting in the wings.
Father, continue to renew my thinking, gentle my heart, and deeper my worship. Once again, in this season of life, I humbly and gladly affirm: You are God and I am not. Until the Day “knowing in part” is over, supersize my experience of your grace. Make the gospel bigger and sweeter, that I might whine less and trust more. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ sovereign and loving name.