The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines sovereign as “one possessing or held to possess supreme political power…one that exercises supreme authority within a limited sphere…an acknowledged leader.” It is a noun, a person, place or thing that is tangible and able to be located. A dominant component of this word is the word reign. Also a noun, it refers to a period of time during which a sovereign is in charge of something such as a group, organization, or country…”resembling that of a monarch.” The word supreme is an adjective describing the sovereign as being “highest in rank or authority…degree or quality.”
I can’t express in words how many times I have been comforted by simply repeating the thought silently, or even audibly, “God is sovereign. God is sovereign. God is sovereign.” I cannot see all of the twists and turns that lay ahead. I cannot fully understand things like illness, suffering, stress, and certainly not the delicate intricacies of the cosmos that the Lord God holds together. I can, however, know with full confidence that He sees everything and has a perfect design for it all. Suffering is not a commentary on God’s approval or disapproval, but is a direct result of sin. Sin is simply anything that separates us from God. When a body is separated from nourishment, it will inevitably begin to decay. Humans have willfully separated themselves from God, and there is only one way back to a relationship with Him. There is only one medicine that has an eternal significance, and it is free! Jesus, sinless and perfect, sovereign for all time and beyond, paid the debt for my sins that I could never afford. He then reappeared in the flesh after three days to prove once and for all that there is not only life after death, but that He is sovereign even over death! There is nothing that this world could throw my way that will alter the magnitude of His power, and if I’m on His team, then why should I ever fear or worry over anything? Even in times of distress, He reminds us, “Be strong and courageous! Do not fear or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who is going with you. He will not fail you or abandon you! (Deuteronomy 31:6 NET).
Many will acknowledge His reign and even His rank, but will balk at describing Him as sovereign. Why? Because to describe Him as sovereign indicates that we are not trying to edit Him to fit our desires, but instead editing our lives to fit His plan. The more surrendered I am to His sovereignty, the more fulfilled, hopeful and at peace I am – regardless of the size of the storm, because I am a servant of the One who controls the rain. Will you surrender to Him?