Word Nerd Wednesday – Sovereign

Please welcome my friend Sarah Travis back to My Messy Desk. Today she is taking us deeper with the word sovereign. And wouldn’t you know, in His omniscient ways, God gave her this word in His perfect timing.


SovereignSovereign – 1) a supreme ruler. 2) possessing supreme or ultimate power. 3) acting or done independently and without outside interference


Praising the Sovereignty of the Lord!

“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”

Jeremiah 32:17 NIV

I have always been passionate about the topic of the Sovereignty of the Lord, so when Liz gave me the opportunity to study and share I jumped at the chance. Little did I know, months ago when I said yes, that I would be writing in the midst of a trial leaving me dependent on trusting that the LORD is indeed sovereign and I can put my faith in Him.

I love these verses speaking of the sovereignty of our LORD.

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.”

Psalm 103:19 NASB

The word here in Hebrewmalkuth” means: royalty, royal power, reign, kingdom

“God will bring this about in His own time. He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords,”

1 Timothy 6:15 HCSB

The Greek word “dunastés” in this verse means: a ruler, someone mighty in power

To say God is sovereign is to say He is our mighty King, reigning and ruling over all of His Kingdom with ultimate power (see Omnipotent) and authority. He is in complete control.

God is ruler over all!

God is in control!

God is Sovereign over all things! He is the creator of all things and in Him all things are held together. {Colossians 1:17}.

When our plans go awry…He is Sovereign

When you can’t see the future…He is Sovereign

When you don’t understand…He is Sovereign

When you disagree and long for circumstances to change…He is STILL Sovereign!

The Lord was sovereign over the many trials in Joseph’s life, through his betrayal by his brothers and his time in prison. Joseph recognized and was able to say: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” Genesis 50:20 NASB

He was sovereign over Esther’s life, through her time hiding her true identity as a Jew and through risking her life in order to approach King Ahasuerus to petition for the lives of her people. God in His sovereignty had a plan all along to use her in order to save His people and she was able to believe the words of her cousin Mordecai: “And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b NASB

Even Job, who lost everything recognized the Lord’s sovereignty. He lost his home and family (Job 1:20-21) and his health (Job 2:7-8). He suffered to the point of wishing he had died at birth (Job 3:11). At the end of it all though he said: “I know that You can do anything and no plan of Yours can be thwarted…now my eyes have seen You. Therefore I take back my words and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1-6 HCSB

“For this reason also, God highly exalted Him {Jesus}, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Philippians 2:9-11 NASB

No matter what we choose to believe, Scripture is True and the LORD is Sovereign.

Everyone will come to recognize and believe, either in life or in death…will you choose be like Joseph, Esther, and Job and recognize the sovereign hand of the Lord even in your trials. Will you choose to bow the knee to Him now?

Pause and take some time to praise the Lord for loving you enough to care about every detail of your life. Praise Him for His sovereign plan, even if you cannot understand the season you are in.

When I question God’s sovereignty I need to rest in the knowledge that His sovereign ruling over all included His sovereignty over the death of His Son Jesus on the cross — without which I would be nothing but a sinner headed for eternal punishment (see Salvation). Then I praise Him for His sovereign plan of redemption!


Sarah Travis Head ShotSarah Travis is Scottish born and bred and immigrated to the U.S. in 2013 to marry Jason. They now have their first baby boy on the way. She is an author, speaker, and inspirational Bible teacher passionate about helping women believe their acceptance and belonging in Christ, not in the world. She is also a writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies. You can connect with Sarah on Facebook  and Twitter, and on her blog at www.sarahtravis.org

 

 

 

 


 

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8 thoughts on “Word Nerd Wednesday – Sovereign

  1. Sweet Sarah so good to see you writing this morning. I miss you lady. It’s so comforting how God gives us the teachings/words we need at just the right moments in time.

    Thanks for sharing these great words of truth to walk us through the hard times and remind us of how God walked Bible heroes through the same difficult times.

  2. Oh, what a word! It is so hard to grasp that power while still feeling the warm fuzzies of his love. But He is both. And we need to remember that to experience Him fully and all He has for us. Visiting from #DancewithJesus

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