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God’s Sovereignty

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He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3, Holy Bible, New Living Translation I watched a shepherd relocate his large flock from a depleted pasture to a more nourishing grazing area. The sheep were not distracted by the line of impatient drivers as they crossed the paved road toward greener pastures. They recognized him as their master and followed through unfamiliar territory without fear. The Lord cares for us as a tender shepherd. When we recognize His sovereignty―that He is the God who created us―then we, like those sheep, will…

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11 NKJV) Have you ever noticed that God lets us experience desires that are contrary to His will? Sometimes our seemingly harmless wishes turn out to be contrary to God’s will, and it never goes well when we try to push His to match our wants. Many two-year-olds face this scenario almost daily. They are eager to explore the world, and experience good things. They want cookies, and doughnuts, and candy. They don’t understand basic nutrition or safety. They see no…

“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped. And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:20-21 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) As a young child, I still remember learning how to add and subtract. It was exciting for Mom to show me flashcards and to know the answer. Then I graduated to multiplication. Memorizing the multiplication tables was self-gratifying.…