This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary …
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
At wits’ end, will a God who isn’t all-powerful suffice? Will one who isn’t sovereign and supreme be able to give comfort and hope when all things seem lost? Obviously, we can also greatly struggle as to why God allowed it. If He’s all-powerful, couldn’t He have prevented it? That’s not an easy question. While the answer is simple, the implications are not. Nevertheless, an impotent God gives no comfort and hope.
After Jesus’ glorious resurrection, He ascended to the Father and “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:3). Before He ascended, He stated to His disciples: “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me.”
How many times did they recall that statement when they suffered persecution and became martyrs? No doubt, it gave them comfort, encouragement, and confidence. As we consider God’s omnipotence, we have to realize that He works in ways we mostly don’t understand.
For example, we have those who “escaped the edge of the sword,” while others “were killed with the sword” (Heb. 11:34, 37). We have James who was imprisoned and killed, while Peter was supernaturally rescued. Couldn’t He have rescued James also? Why didn’t He do so? Can we give an answer to that? While we may be able to give some type of answer, many times we have to rest in God’s sovereignty and simply trust Him.
What are your thoughts about His sovereignty in light of your wits’ end? Does it give comfort and hope, or do you resent Him? Ultimately, we need God’s enabling grace to embrace His absolute control, especially in horrendous circumstances. It’s so easy to talk about it when things aren’t as bad. What if the same happened to us as with Job? Will we still be able to trust and love Him?
As Christians, we need to try to come to grips with God’s sovereignty. There are many tragedies throughout the world, including Christians who greatly suffer. God is either all-powerful amidst these horrendous circumstances and its subsequent suffering or He is not.
Jesus, thank You that You are sovereign, including over my wits’ end.
The Devotional Writer
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