My Greatest Comfort
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
My greatest comfort is the sovereignty of God. If I’m reading my Bible right, God is sovereignly orchestrating all the seemingly random circumstances of our lives.
When we bought the lot where we live, the seller tried to renegotiate the price after we had a handshake. Someone else was willing to pay him more, so he called to say, “I feel an obligation to give you a chance to match his offer.” You’ve been there, right?
“I thought we had a deal… blah, blah, blah.” We went back and forth for a couple of rounds.
Finally, I said, “Look, if it is God’s sovereign will for us to have this lot, then there is nothing either one of us can do to stop it. On the other hand, if it is not God’s will for us to have this lot, then no amount of me begging you now is going to make it happen. So you go ahead and do what you have to do.”
After thirty seconds of silence he said, “Well, since you put it like that, I guess you’ve got the lot.”
My mother–my mama–has just started Hospice care. Bone cancer has metastasized throughout her 73 year old body. Malignant tumors, a couple the size of a bird’s egg, have popped up on her skin. Recently she went to the hospital with headache, some confusion, vision problems, and vomitting. The cancer has gone into her brain. The doctor told her there is no point in going back to the oncologist anymore. As horrific as this is–and let’s be certain we make no mistake about it: cancer is an evil–I find overflowing comfort knowing that God sovereignly works in the darkest hour. Imagine my joy when my mama said, “Tell me, what will heaven be like?… Well, I know I need a Savior… I believe in Jesus…” I would appreciate your prayers for her physical and spiritual comfort (her name is Alleen). But don’t worry about me–I have found a genuine comfort in the sovereignty of our gracious, loving, merciful Lord.
I find great comfort in believing that God is sovereignly orchestrating all the seemingly random circumstances of our lives for good. Any other thought is unbearable. As Paul wrote, “If only for this life we life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men” (1 Corinthians 15:17).
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