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Week 1: God Is in Control

Day 1: The Sole Criterion


The sole criterion for understanding the nature of divine sovereignty is simply this: whatever God tells us in Scripture about his lordship and sovereign rulership over the universe is what we should believe, because this alone can be the infallible truth about his sovereignty.

Dr. Bruce Ware

Our Hope

Isaiah 46:9-10

    remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
    and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
    and I will accomplish all my purpose

Our Insight

Day one—the Sovereignty of God. Why start our 21 Days of Prayer with a doctrine of such magnitude and, yes, mystery? Because we have to if we are going to understand the depth and certainty of our hope in times of great uncertainty and fear.

Sovereignty is most easily grasped by the simple phrase: God is in control.

But that simple phrase gets confusing when we immediately bring our questions: “But what about _____?” and “How about when _____ happens?” It’s not that our questions don’t matter! May I suggest that it is more important that we begin by simply taking God at His word…

  • “I am God and there is no other”
  • “I am God and there is none like me”
  • “Declaring the end from the beginning”
  • “From ancient times things not yet done”
  • “My counsel shall stand”
  • “I will accomplish all My purpose”

God is saying, “I have been, I am, and I always will be in control.”

Our Prayer

Let’s begin our 21 Days by letting God’s words, as expressed through the prophet Isaiah, be our own prayer today.

God…

You are God and there is no other;
    You are God and there is none like you;
        You declare the end from the beginning;
            You declare things not yet done;
                Your counsel will stand;
                    You will accomplish all Your purpose;
and in days of great uncertainty
You are most certain
and You remain in control.

Our Gratitude

Before closing this devotion, take a moment and bring to mind one thing—at this moment—that you are thankful for. And thank God for it.