“One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the accuser, satan, came with them. ‘All right, you may test him,’ the Lord said to satan. ‘Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.’ So satan left the Lord’s presence.” (Job 1:6, 12)
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” (Genesis 50:20)
I believe the question of God’s sovereignty is one of the most important issues we need to wrestle with and come to a conclusion on as Christians. If we don’t, then we’ll be tossed to and fro by the ups and downs of life. (James 1:6)
Recently, I was encouraged by a pastor to wrestle this question through for myself. I had just been involved in a life-altering accident in which God spared my life. I’m a horse trainer by trade. This spring, as I was training a young horse on the ground in long reins, she suddenly darted off in a full gallop catching my right foot in the reins and whisking me into the air like a para-sailor. As I flew horizontally through the air, I peered at the wall of the indoor arena fast approaching, and my life flashed before my eyes. In that instant, I prepared for my transfer to Heaven. However, at the very last moment before hitting the wall, I fell out of the air and hit the ground, suffering a serious spiral fracture to my femur that required complicated surgery and a subsequent long road to recovery.
Did I believe God had allowed this to happen to me? (Job 1:6-12) (Let me be clear, I’m saying allowed not caused.) “Yes I did.” Was I going to focus on what the enemy meant for harm? (Genesis 50:20) “No.”
I knew that, if God had allowed it, then He had a purpose for me in this. (Romans 5:3-5; 1 Peter 1:6-7) And I believe that purpose was to make me more like Jesus. Making me more like Jesus causes me to know my God more intimately and to know how He sees me as His daughter.
If we can approach the circumstances and trials in our lives with this posture — remaining focused on God and His purpose for us — then it will frustrate the enemy. Why? First, because it takes the attention off our enemy and the negative circumstance. Second, it totally shifts our perspective, influencing the way we pray for the situations we find ourselves in, as well as how we pray for others in the trials of their lives.
This is the posture I’m attempting to remain in — “declaring God’s sovereignty, and walking in the victory of Jesus!”
Do you want to join me?