Hebrews 10: 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
1 John 2: 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
By Dr. Robert Jeffress
You – or someone you love – may be facing a life decision right now. How can you know what God’s will is for the particular situation you’re facing?
You’ve read the Bible. You’ve prayed. You’ve sought wise counsel, and you sense that God is leading you to a specific decision. You’re ready to take that step … but you have the nagging feeling:
I want to assure you that underneath your decisions, your circumstances, and even your mistakes is a safety net called the sovereignty of God.
God has a plan for your life, and He will accomplish that plan (Phil 1:6). Paul put it this way in Ephesians 1:11: “[God] works all things after the counsel of His will.” That means the selection of presidents is under God’s control (Daniel 2:21). The change of seasons is under His control (Psalm 104:19). Even the roll of the dice is under God’s control (Proverbs 16:33).
Proverbs 20:24 says, “Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord.” Think about that: Every step you and I take has been ordained by God. It gives us great comfort to know that Someone wiser and more powerful is in control over every area of our lives.
What are some benefits of God’s sovereignty, especially when we make decisions?
Notice that Jesus didn’t first calm the storm and help Peter into the boat across smooth waters. Instead, He immediately took hold of Peter, and they walked through the storm together. Many times, you and I are sailing through life when, suddenly, we find ourselves in a fierce storm of circumstances. We cry out, “Lord, save me!” In my experience, rarely does God instantly calm the storm; rather, He takes hold of us and walks with us through the storm. God allows us to go through life’s storms to produce faith: the assurance that He is in control even when we don’t see Him.
We have a Shepherd who cares for us, watches over us, and orders our every step. Even when we wander away form Him, our movement is within the boundaries of His love and His perfect will. Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of my hand (John 10:27-28). What words of comfort for those who truly seek to know and follow the Master’s voice!
Dr. Robert Jeffress