Summary: God’s Sovernity
Intro: If I went to Trump towers and at the door, the doorman told me, I am the man in charge of this operation, even though he has a nice suit on, a name tag, and looks important, he isn’t in charge. Neither are the people working the front desk, or the cooks, or the bell hops or the people cleaning the rooms. Donald Trump is the man in charge, even though I could go there a million times and probably never see him there. God operates a bigger business, the world, and even though he lets me make decisions, chart my course, and have a say in things, He is still in charge. It is a wonderful thing to know, that He is in control, and with Him in our lives, everything is going to work out fine.
The C.E.O. Of The Top Floor
In these few verses, God reveals Himself in a very special way, that He operates at such a higher level than we do. There is no comparison between how we think, our small plans and ideas, our fears and worries, and the way God operates in power, Word, and Spirit. Today, I would like to give you how God is in control, and how His ways are different than ours.
I. He Always Is Positive, Never Negative—v.11 my word will never return to me empty. God is saying here, that His Word always works, it never fails, it never comes back void.
a. God is different than us, because He knows that it is all going to work out fine. All things work together for good, to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose.
b. God never says never—nothing is impossible with God.
c. Once God says it, nothing can ever change it, it will accomplish what it sets out to do. God’s Word in our lives works every time. One of the problems in our lives, is lack of application. If you don’t apply sunscreen you will get burned, if you don’t apply God’s Word to your life, you will fail.
II. You Can’t Get Him To Get Upset With You—v.8 My thoughts are not your thoughts.
a. many times we feel that things are out of control, but when you call on Jesus, all things are possible. You can’t get God to get upset with you, because He has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.
b. Romans 12:2 (quickview) —be transformed by the renewing of your mind—God wants to place His Word into our minds, so that we will think on His terms. When we put on the helmet of salvation, our minds are protected from the voices of this world.
c. God’s plans for your life are secure—you are in good hands with the C.E.O. of the World.
III. He isn’t going to do things your way, He is going to do them His way—v.8b So many times we try to tell God what is best for us. But God knows better than we do what is best for us, and faith is trusting in the Lord with all our heart.
a. His ways are higher than our ways—that simply means sometimes we won’t understand what God is doing, but it will all work out for good.
b. His ways are better than our ways—God’s plans are better, because He doesn’t wait for the end to see the results, He is the end, and is the results.
c. His ways are surer than our ways—going through life by our plans is dangerous, there is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end is destruction.