11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and Yours it is to be exalted as Head over all.
12 Both riches and honour come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hands are power and might; in Your hands it is to make great and to give strength to all.
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 (AMP)
Life can sometimes present us with so many twists and turns we may wonder who is really in control. It seems whatever we believed will never come to pass. We struggle to hold on to our faith yet we feel it slipping through our hands, all hopes is dashed and we may be more confused than when we started this journey.
Dear Friend, I am here to remind you our God is sovereign. There are so many instances which shows us that it is He alone who has the final say. It is God who appoints, it is God who blesses. He speaks and it is established. Indeed He watches over His word to perform.
I believe sometimes the issue we have is we are not in tune with the plan of God. Yes, the enemy may try several attempts but as long as you hold on to God you are assured of a victorious end.
13Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?
Isaiah 43:13 (AMP)
Let us draw encouragement from the likes of Joseph. He was sold into slavery by his own blood brothers. They had destroyed all his dreams or so they thought but God was sending him ahead of them. Indeed the enemy meant it for evil but God turned it out for good. Remember, God always has a bigger plan. Human beings may attempt to destroy you but the counsel of God stands.
20 As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are this day.
Genesis 50:20 (AMP)
I have also come to believe that there are people who have been chosen by God for special purposes. Yes, we are all Christians and God can use us in diverse ways if we avail ourselves but not everyone has been called to be a Pastor, a Prophet, an Apostle and the likes. Let us look at a few of such instances.
David was the youngest among his brethren. As one reads the scriptures it is clear he was the least considered by his family as someone to be used by God. In fact, it took the prompting of the prophet of God before he was remembered.
11 Then [he] said to Jesse, Are all your sons here? [Jesse] said, There is yet the youngest; he is tending the sheep. Samuel said to Jesse, Send for him; for we will not sit down to eat until he is here.
1 Samuel 16:11(AMP)
Perhaps Samuel became more sensitive and alert to the Holy Spirit after his initial perception turned out to be wrong.
6 When they had come, he looked on Eliab [the eldest son] and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him.
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
1 Samuel 16: 6&7(AMP)
David was chosen by God and no one could change that. From the time he was anointed by Samuel David’s status changed. Spiritually David was no longer an ordinary shepherd boy. He was an anointed person.
Even at that I believe his family did not see him in that light. When the Israelites went to war against the Philistines it was his elder brothers who went along. David was only sent to give them food however; it was he who fought Goliath. He was not perturbed when his elder brother despised him for wanting to know what was going on. It could also be that Eliab might have been a bit peeved as David had earlier on been anointed. Being the eldest, he might have hoped he would have been the one anointed by the prophet.
David’s life was not spotless. He had his fair share of troubles and faced the consequences of his actions and yet he was still approved by God.
In the book of Jeremiah it was prophesied that our Lord will be from the lineage of David.
5 Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch (Sprout), and He will reign as King and do wisely and will execute justice and righteousness in the land.
6 In His days Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name by which He shall be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.
Jeremiah 23: 5&6 (AMP)
Samuel and Saul
Samuel was not ordinary. He was a gift from God, the result of an answered prayer after his mother Hannah poured out her heart to God.
11 She made a vow, saying, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction (suffering) of Your maidservant and remember, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life; a razor shall never touch his head.”
1 Sam 1:11 (AMP)
Samuel was chosen by God at an early age and he became one of the greatest prophets.
10 Then the Lord came and stood and called as at the previous times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”
1 Sam 3:10(AMP)
19 Now Samuel grew; and the Lord was with him and He let none of his words fail [to be fulfilled]. 20 And all Israel from Dan [in the north] to Beersheba [in the south] knew that Samuel was appointed as a prophet of the Lord.
1 Sam 3:19 (AMP)
Saul was a result of a request by the people of Israel. They asked for a king and God granted their wishes. When Samuel enquired of the Lord, the Lord assured him to proceed as it was not he Samuel that the people had rejected but it was the Lord Himself.
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah 5 and said to him, “Look, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint us a king to judge us [and rule over us] like all the other nations.” 6 But their demand displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge and rule over us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being King over them. 8 Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day—in that they have abandoned (rejected) Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. 9 So now listen to their voice; only solemnly warn them and tell them the ways of the king who will reign over them.”
1 Sam 8: 4-9 (AMP)
Our God is loving. Even when the people of Israel rejected Him, He still asked Samuel to warn the Israelites of the nature of the King they so much wished for(1 Sam 8: 10-22). But as adamant as we sometimes are the Israelites still insisted on a King.
Going through Scriptures one will discover what went on during the reign of Saul. From his disobedience to God which ranged from unauthorized sacrificial offering (1 Samuel 13:9-12) , Failure to eliminate Amalekites and their livestock as commanded by God(1 Samuel 15:3)., Sparing the life of King Agag thus disregarding a direct order from God, covering up his transgression by lying to God. God changed his mind about him and chose a man after his own heart.
Isaac and Ishmael
In Gen 13:16, God had promised Abraham of numerous descendants. Ishmael was the result of impatience and frustration of a woman who took matters into her own hands or if I may put it tried to ‘help’ God and a man who could not stand his ground during a trying moment. However, that did not change God’s plan
1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not borne him any children, and she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See here, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. I am asking you to go in to [the bed of] my maid [so that she may bear you a child]; perhaps I will obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to Sarai and did as she said. 3 After Abram had lived in the land of Canaan ten years, Abram’s wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian [maid], and gave her to her husband Abram to be his [secondary] wife.4 He went in to [the bed of] Hagar, and she conceived; and when she realized that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress [regarding Sarai as insignificant because of her infertility].5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “May [the responsibility for] the wrong done to me [by the arrogant behavior of Hagar] be upon you. I gave my maid into your arms, and when she realized that she had conceived, I was despised and looked on with disrespect. May the Lord judge [who has done right] between you and me.”
Gen 16:1-5 (AMP)
In Genesis 17: 4 &5, God again promised Abraham he will be a father of many nations. God went on further to make it specifically clear in Gen 17:15-21 that His covenant was with the child of promise and that will be fulfilled.
15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai (my princess), but her name will be Sarah (Princess).16 I will bless her, and indeed I will also give you a son by her. Yes, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael [my firstborn] might live before You!” 19 But God said, “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed, and you shall name him Isaac (laughter); and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his descendants after him. 20 As for Ishmael, I have heard and listened to you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will greatly multiply him [through his descendants]. He will be the father of twelve princes (chieftains, sheiks), and I will make him a great nation. 21 But My covenant [My promise, My solemn pledge], I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this time next year.”
Gen 17:15-21 (AMP)
At the set time there was an angelic visitation and a prophetic declaration made concerning the promise of God (Gen 18:1-15). Note that there was clear timing attached to this. In Gen 21:1-2, this came to pass according to the set time. Isaac was simply the chosen one hence Sarah and Abraham’s mistake could not change that.
Jacob and Esau
Jacob and Esau were the result of fervent prayers. Their parents had been married for 20 years before they were born (Gen 25: 20, 26). Jacob was chosen even before birth. Essau could have worked out his own path but Jacob was still the chosen one.
22 But the children struggled together within her [kicking and shoving one another]; and she said, “If it is so [that the Lord has heard our prayer], why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the Lord [praying for an answer]. 23 The Lord said to her,
“[The founders of] two nations are in your womb;And the separation of two nations has begun in your body;The one people shall be stronger than the other;And the older shall serve the younger.”
Gen 25:22-23 (AMP)
At a set time, Jacob had an encounter with God. This was so significant there was a name change from Jacob (one who grabs by the heel, supplanter) to Israel (God contended)
24 So Jacob was left alone, and a Man [came and] wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the Man saw that He had not prevailed against Jacob, He touched his hip joint; and Jacob’s hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him. 26 Then He said, “Let Me go, for day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing on me.” 27 So He asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.” But He said, “Why is it that you ask My name?” And He declared a blessing [of the covenant promises] on Jacob there. 30 So Jacob named the place Peniel (the face of God), saying, “For I have seen God face to face, yet my life has not been snatched away.”
Gen 32:24-30 (AMP)
Dear friends indeed our God is sovereign. May the Holy Spirit help us to understand and accept this as we determine to walk in His ways and live our lives according to His will.
Because of who You are, I give You glory
Because of who You are, I give You praise
Because of who You are, I will lift my voice and say
Lord I worship You, because of who You are
Lord I worship You, because of who you are
Jehovah lord, my provider
Jehovah jireh Lord You reign in victory
Jehovah Shalom, my Prince of Peace
And I worship You, because of who You Are
Lord i worship you because of who you are
God bless you!
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