Sovereignty & My Will

Do you remember the song that your parents used to sing to you when you were younger? You know the one to which I am referring, don’t you? The one that should be ringing in your ears this morning as you wake up to someone you probably wouldn't have guessed would be your president. The song that has been running through my head over and over again this election season has been “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” 

While it is a children’s song, it is actually a rooted in a profound truth about God: He’s completely in control of all things at all times. There is not one iota of matter, or time, or emotion, or votes, or anything else that happens outside of His perfect will. His perfect will. It’s still perfect. It’s not flawed. He didn’t take a nap yesterday, and He didn’t hibernate during the primary season to get us to this point. No, He’s still reigning and ruling, as He always has and always will, perfectly. 

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
— Colossians 1.16-17

Did you catch that? Jesus created all things, including thrones, rulers, authorities, congresswomen, senators, and presidents. The great comfort that is found in that song, and in the verse from which it was written, is that God has not just allowed these things, but He has created them. That means He has a purpose for them. We may see it fully or never see it at all. We may agree or disagree. But it is for our good and His glory. Always has been. Always will be. And He’ll always do what is best to establish, maintain, and strengthen His kingdom.

Just when you couldn’t get enough good news, there’s more! America is not His kingdom. His kingdom is His kingdom. As we wake up to a different country today than it was yesterday, it is a needed reminder that we are not citizens of this world. Instead, we live on the earth but we are citizens of a kingdom where God gets done what He wants done. Did you notice what is missing from that? That’s right, your will and my will are nowhere near the top of His priorities in His kingdom…instead, our all-wise, all-knowing, all-powerful is doing what He needs done to accomplish what He wants accomplished. Which leads me to my last thought.

There is one last truth that is found in that verse above from Colossians, and that is the reality that God holds all things together. Having the whole world in His hands is no big deal for a God that sustains, orders, and binds all things and every thing forever and all time together. As good or bad today seems for you, could you imagine the world where God didn’t hold all things together? Could you imagine the emotional instability without God holding all things together today? Could you imagine our laws and our country, without God’s sustaining power? I don’t even want to go there. 

So today, I’m grateful. I’m grateful for the perspective that God is on His throne. I’m grateful that I’m not bound by this temporal world, no matter if I agree with it or not. I’m grateful that God says I am a citizen of His Kingdom, not this country. And because of these reminders, I’m grateful that my identity is not just American, but Christian…and more importantly Son of the God who reigns and rules perfectly…whether I agree or not. 

No matter how Trump rules this country over the next four years, God's still got the entire world in His hands and He'll continue to sustain all things. It's what He does. 

Lance, Pastor of The Grove Church