God is Still Sovereign
By Max Lucado
Paul urges us to “rejoice in the Lord always!” (Philippians 4:4). Not just on paydays, good days, or birthdays. But rejoice in the Lord always.
Rejoice in the Lord always? “Yeah, right,” mumbles the person from the hospital bed. “How?” sighs the unemployed dad. “Always?” questions the mother of the baby born with a disability.
It’s one thing to rejoice in the Lord when life is good, but when the odds are against you? It’s not easy, but it is possible.
Lay claim to the promise of God in Colossians 1:17: “He is before all things, and in him all things consist.” Rejoice in the sovereignty of God. His throne is still occupied. His will is still perfect. Rejoice
in the Lord—always. God uses everything to accomplish his will.
God does only what is good. But how can death be good? Some mourners don’t ask this question. When the quantity of years has outstripped the quality of years, we don’t ask how death can be good.
In God’s plan every life is long enough and every death is timely. And though you and I might wish for a longer life, for our self or a loved one, God knows better.
And—this is important—though you and I may wish a longer life for our loved ones, they don’t. Ironically, the first to accept God’s decision of death is the one who dies.