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The first thing you need to recognize is God’s Authority/Sovereignty
Sovereignty means supreme power or authority. When we say God is sovereign, we mean he is powerful and authoritative to the extent of being able to override all other powers and authorities. It is crucial for us to understand the Authority of God. If we don’t, or it’s confusing, then you won’t believe in the Authority of His word, of His Son, and of His children. There’s nothing that He purposes that He does not accomplish. Nothing can stop Him, and He does it all. It is a promise and something that we all can count on.
Key Passage: Joshua 24:14-15 (NLT)
14 “So fear the LORD and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD alone. 15 But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”
Man has been wrestling with God since the beginning of time
The serpent challenged God’s motives and authority in the garden (Genesis 3:4-5). “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” This introduced the thought that man should know what God knows. This didn’t work out so well for Adam and Eve. Man was cast out of paradise and cursed to live in this fallen world we live in now. In the original creation, man was in a place where everything grew perfectly and abundantly for his pleasure and nourishment. And he did have a responsibility, a joyous one, to tend to the garden, and pluck all the good things that were there and expended no energy. But then came sin and dramatic alteration of man and his environment. The true sin being that man thought it should be like God. This way of thinking still exists today, it can be easy to question God and want to know what He knows.
Q: Have you ever questioned God about what has happened in your life? What have you realized since then?
Cain & Able
In Genesis Chapter 4, we learn about 2 of Adam’s sons – Cain and Able. Both brothers bring offerings to God. Both bring what they have. They acknowledge God as the giver of both crops and livestock. They both come to worship God. God accepts Abel’s offering. But not Cain’s.
In verse 3, it appears that Cain brought some of his livestock, where Abel brought the best. By the time Cain had presented his offering to God, it would appear that the enemy had already challenged God’s sovereignty in Cain’s heart. Cain began to question God – God did not reject the quality of the offering as much as he did the attitude. God rebukes Cain (4:6-7) and tells him to master his sin. In his anger, Cain killed Able and tried to cover it up. The lesson we need to learn here is that “sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you.”
We all run the risk of questioning why God did or did not do something for us. We have to remember that God is King, if there is no King, then people do whatever SEEMS right in their own eyes. You must make God THE KING today! Choose who you will serve and accept the good and the bad by faith.
Q: Have you ever felt like you were giving God your all and it still wasn’t enough? What kind of emotions did it bring up? How did you work through it?
Story of Job
Job was a man supremely blessed by God. He was a faithful man. Then he lost everything, his family, his business, and eventually his health. His wife even ridiculed him trying to convince him that God did not care about what He was going through, and he’d be better off dead. Job makes an important statement, “Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” (Job 2:10) This was a man convinced of the supreme authority of God. Life continued to happen, and his friends came to “help”. For 34 chapters they discussed all the reasons why this was happening and offered Job advice. Job began to question God – though he never rejected God. Any of us in Job’s situation would want answers. Job suffered grief, physical pain, and mental torment. He is left asking himself, “Do I believe that God is the Sovereign? Supreme Authority over all?”
God never answered Job’s questions – at least not the answer he was looking for. But he reminded Job that He was God and Job was not. After Job repented, God restored Him.
Q: Consider the following questions… use the space below to journal your thoughts.
- Have I rejected God’s Authority?
- Do I believe that He is Sovereign?
- Do I think I deserve answers from God?
- Am I mad at God?
- Does God owe me anything?
- What questions keep me from fully accepting God?
- Do I need to repent?