Life is just plain hard sometimes, isn’t it? Our innermost desires go by unmet, our expectations get dashed, loved ones pass away or decide to walk out of our lives, and then, of course, there is the hard work of school, college, career, and cultivating strong relationships. Sometimes it can be easy to wonder who is even in charge here.
Thankfully, I have some good news for you! The truth is that, even when it doesn’t feel like it, God is still the One in charge. He is sovereign, in control, and more powerful than even our age-old enemy who so often appears to be wreaking havoc everywhere we look. So, friend, here are four encouraging truths to remember about God, His sovereignty, and His will for your life:
His will goes beyond anything we could ask or think.
Paul writes in Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” We might think that we have great plans, desires, and dreams for our lives, but the truth is that God’s will is even better, above, and beyond what we could imagine or dream up for ourselves! While we oftentimes struggle with believing God to be unfair or lacking in goodness if we don’t get what we want, the truth is that we should always be ultimately desiring what He wants for our lives – because it’s better!
His will doesn’t always look like we expected.
Just ask folks like Joseph and Job – sometimes, even though God’s will is better for us than our own, it doesn’t look like it. Sometimes it doesn’t look like it for quite a while! However, I would encourage you to read Joseph’s story in Genesis 38-50 and Job’s story in the entire book of Job if you are struggling with believing in God’s goodness.
Joseph was thrown into a pit and abandoned by his own brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused, and then thrown into prison. Nothing seemed to be going right and his experience certainly didn’t appear to be validating the belief that God’s will for us is always good. Yet in the end he found that to be true as he was eventually released from prison, made second-in-command under Pharaoh over all of Egypt, and used to save his people from a years-long famine. It turns out that God had a plan all along!
The same was true for Job. He lost everything – his children, his flocks, his possessions, even his health. God seemed to be anything but fair, loving, good, or in control. Still He proved Himself to be all of those things and more. God sustained Job throughout that entire challenging time, even restoring tenfold to him everything he once had.
God’s will may not always be what we expect – it’s better!
His will brings good – no matter how it sometimes appears!
Romans 8:28 promises us that “all things work together for good to those who love God.” All things – not just some! Life will still be hard sometimes, we will still face persecution as Christ-followers, some dreams will still go by unfulfilled; but good will undoubtedly come. You can bank on that!
His will has everything under control!
While we can’t possibly fathom how everything will work out, while this world and our lives feel far too complex, too detailed, and too challenging, we can rest in the truth that nothing is too complex for God. No detail is left unnoticed and His timing is always perfect. He is the God of the universe after all – He can handle it all!
While you may feel as if your life is spinning out of control, from God’s vantage point it isn’t. Everything is under control and happening in accordance with His perfect will for your life as you walk by His Spirit. You can rest. You can hold fast to passages such as Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” and Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” You truly can walk out every day of your life with less anxiety, less worry, less stress, and less overwhelm as you remember that God’s got this!