Every year, on my birthday, I choose a Bible verse that I feel God wants me to memorize and apply to my new year. The verses are always placed so strategically in my day that it couldn't be more of a clear sign that they are from God.
My birthday was last week. I had been reflecting on this last year, and was repeating to myself the birthday verse of 2014.
"Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, that He will heals us. He has wounded us, but He will bind us up. On the third day, He will raise us up so that we may live with Him forever..."
- Hosea 6:1-2
Believing in a sovereign God is not easy. Many times it's so testing on my finite mind that I must remind myself 'You believe He is sovereign because He is God.' Because if He is God, but not sovereign we're gonna have big problems.
Trusting God's sovereignty is applicable in every aspect of life. But when difficulties hit us, when rough times slap us across the face, when storms of life lay us flat on the ground, believing in His sovereignty is easy to question. Why would God allow something like this to happen? Does He want us to get knocked down? 'But He is a loving God,' some will say. 'He would never intentionally afflict us.'
Oh but wait. Read that passage from Hosea again.
It says that He breaks us. And tears us.
But He won't leave us like that. He will heal us. He will bandage us up.
We may never known why He ordained certain things to happen in our lives but a trust and often-quoted verse is one that I am sure you're familiar with:
"For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God; to them who are called according to His purpose."
- Romans 8:28
With the comfort of that promise, we can rest in assurance and peace that no matter what great trials cross our paths. He is bigger than it. He has a purpose for it. And He is never far from our grasp. He is a God of comfort.
"I am filled with comfort. I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction."
- 2 Corinthians 7:4
How could Paul be so joyful in his afflictions? Because he is comforted by this sovereign God. The LORD will never abandon us. He won't see us going through the storm He designed without holding our hand and walking with us against the wind and sleet. He is ever-present, ever-sovereign, never-changing.
Trust the sovereign God who tears, so He will heal; Who wounds, so He will bandage. Look for and pray about the lesson He is teaching you amidst these. And remember the comfort He offers.
I love how that passage in Hosea ends...
"Let us know. Let us press on to know the LORD. His going out is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, as the spring rain that waters the earth."
- Hosea 6:3