Our Bible verse for today: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God is sovereign, so trust Him”
You may be surprised to be receiving a daily devotional this morning because I told you I was going to be in Peru for the week and the next devotional would be on Tuesday October 15th. Others of you know what happened and why I’m not in Peru. This turned out to be an opportunity for me to trust in God’s unconditional love, goodness, and sovereignty.
When we arrived at the airport in Nashville on Saturday, we were surprised to be told by the person at the ticket counter that our reservations had been canceled by our travel agent. Our tickets were still good, because they hadn’t been used, but our seats on all of our flights had been sold to other customers. Beyond that, all other flights were full and so we could not be rebooked.
I called our travel agent on her personal cell phone and when she researched the problem, she discovered that her agency had made a terrible mistake and our reservations had been inadvertently canceled. Worse, she confirmed that all other flights were indeed full. After thinking, praying, and discussing it, we decided to come home to Crossville and reschedule our trip for the first week of November. Doing so is inconvenient, but really not that big of a deal. We will still eventually get there, and our ministry in Peru will still take place.
So why did God allow this to happen? I’m fairly certain He didn’t actually cause the mistake to take place, but since He is all-powerful and all-knowing, He could have prevented it – but He didn’t. Why not?
And the answer is … I don’t know.
What I do know is that God is sovereign over all the circumstances of my life. He has absolute power over everything. That means He can change anything, direct anything, and cause any outcome that He wants. I also know that He loves me unconditionally and without limit. And I know that Romans 8:28 is true. That means that in all things, even in the worst of circumstances, He is at work behind the scenes orchestrating events to bring good things out of even the worst of circumstances.
Why this happened I don’t know. But I do know that God is good, and that He loves me, and that His purposes are perfect. There is a plan and purpose behind all of this and I’m looking forward to discovering what it is. I hope you also have that assurance for whatever the issues are in your life. God is good. He loves you. And it is going to be alright.