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Years ago, the church I was serving did a cantata, during which one of the choir members gave a brief testimony. He was a beloved man who had been battling cancer. After acknowledging that he had asked all the questions and experienced all the emotions he simply said, "GOD CAN'T MOVE US INTO THE NEXT PART OF HIS PLAN UNTIL WE'VE ACCEPTED THIS ONE."

This is what it means to say that God is sovereign -- He is in control. As the Heidelberg Catechism boldly declares, God "still upholds, as it were by His own hand, heaven and earth together with all creatures, and rules in such a way that leaves and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and unfruitful years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, and everything else, come to us not by chance but by his fatherly hand."

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