Wonder No Longer

Wonder No Longer

RiverWalk Church of Christ Wichita Ks  Minister

(The essence of this post is taken from a devotional by Paul David Tripp.)
How often have you wondered why life is the way it is for you? How often have you said, “When it rains, it pours,” regarding a seemingly long string of bad or challenging things that are going on in your life? Have you ever wondered if God cares about what’s happening to you? Have you ever thought that if you were at the controls, things would be different? Do you long to understand why God does what He does and works the way He works in your life?
These questions, and others like them, are signs of our desire to control our own destinies. They are signs that we have not, and do not wish to surrender ourselves completely to the One who is sovereign over all. They are signs that we think we can run our life better than can the God of the universe who created us. They are signs that we have forgotten who is really in charge.
Paul talks of the sovereignty of God in Ephesians. There, he says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”
First, Paul wants you to know that the rule of your Redeemer is comprehensive. Paul says that God placed “all things under his feet” and appointed him “head over all things.” The rule of Jesus Christ is comprehensive and complete. There is nothing that is outside of His rule. And that includes your life and all that goes on there.
Second, Paul wants you to know that the rule of your Lord is personal. Paul says that he rules over everything for “the church, which is his body.” If you are a part of the body…the church…then Christ rules on your behalf and for you. Whatever He chooses to do is for your benefit and to your ultimate good.
Finally, Paul wants us to know that the rule of your God is redemptive. The context of this passage is the grace and mercy of God in the redemption of His people. God can promise His grace of redemption to us because His rule is complete, total, and absolute.
We will, from time to time, question God’s motives. We will question whether He truly rules over all. We will wonder if we really are in the hands of the Creator. That’s part of life on this earth. There will come a day, however, when we will no longer wonder. We’ll no longer have questions. They will all be satisfied in the presence of God.

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