Daniel described God’s Sovereignty this way: “He changes times and seasons, he sets up kings and deposes them. He give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things, he know what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him”. Daniel 2:21-22 (NIV)
Knowing that God is in control of all things, you have to conclude that He was directing all the events of Jesus’ last week and His crucifixion. In Acts 4 Peter describes the control God had over the people and events. 27-28 “For in fact they did meet—Herod and Pontius Pilate with nations and peoples, even Israel itself!—met in this very city to plot against your holy Son Jesus, the One you made Messiah, to carry out the plans you long ago set in motion. (MSG)
God had a plan for the redemption of mankind from the beginning of time. The Old Testament is filled with prophecies about Jesus and His life, ministry and work on the cross. Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 26:56 “But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Next week we will see prophecy fulfilled as Jesus journeys to Jerusalem and His death and resurrection. The work of Jesus and the will of Sovereign God come together at the cross and announce victory for the believer over death and hope of new life in Him.
Think about our Sovereign God today. What are you facing that seems beyond what you can endure? Trust that God has everything under control and that there is a purpose for all things. As Jesus faced the cross, He turned to God in prayer with his disciples in the upper room and then in the garden of Gethsemane. Turn to Him in prayer and pour out you heart to Him. He will listen.
Prayer: Father God, you are indeed in control of all things. As I look at the cross I see your sovereign hand directing the events. You know what I am facing today. Let me be encouraged today and grow my trust in You. May your will be accomplished in me. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Looking to my Sovereign Lord,