The Lord Reigns

I often talk about God being in control. But that seems to fly in the face of our lives which themselves often seem like chaos. Then we watch the news and see 127 dead and 180 wounded in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in France. What does “God reigns” mean in the face of so much chaos, suffering, and outright evil? How can God be in control when so many people are in rebellion against his reign? And while we’re at it, what does God’s sovereignty actually have to do with me anyway? If God is going to be sovereign with or without me, what difference does it make for me? We see the reign of God in stages in scripture. Currently Sovereign Across the spectrum of scripture God is declared as sovereign over all as both creator and Lord. One example of that comes in Isaiah: “…I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure…Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, […]

“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.” (Revelation 19:6, ESV)