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From King David – “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Ps. 115:3). From Isaiah – “Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! … Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish” (Isa. 46:9-10). From Job – “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).

 

Heavenly Father, there’s the Three Tenors; the Bee Gees; Luke, Leia, and Han; Kirk, Spock, and McCoy; the Andrews Sisters, the Three Amigos; the Three Musketeers; Crosby, Stills, and Nash… and many more well-known trios. But right now, my favorite trio is King David, Isaiah, and Job.

Their stories affirm you work in apparent and not so apparent ways. You are always engaged, always in control, even when you use a different timetable than ours. Father, by your Word, Spirit and Gospel, bring each of us to the same harbor, haven, and hope.

You were sovereign over King David’s challenged rule, crazy family, and personal failures. You were sovereign over Isaiah’s difficult ministry, fractured world, and the gigantic promises you spoke to him and through him. You were sovereign over Job’s losses and betrayals, misery and waiting, health and faith struggles. It’s just as true for each of us.

Father, knowing you are sovereign doesn’t always make things easy, but it surely makes fear less fear-full, and the unknown less ultimate. Indeed, your sovereignty is a grace-mystery to enter, not a theological-riddle for us to solve. It’s a loving rebuke to our sense of entitlement, impatience, and short-sightedness. Thank you, now and forever. So Very Amen

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