“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs-for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.” 17:24-26
O, how much I needed to be reminded of God’s strength today. Especially at the end of a week where I was reminded how fragile humanity is. I loved these things about God:
- He cannot be contained. We don’t need to figure him out, put him in a box or assign him to a certain space in our life.
- God does not need anything from us. We don’t need to perform for him and his plans are not hinged on anything we do or do not complete.
- He is the giver, and taker, of all life.
- God is sovereign over this world. He knows who the president is going to be, he knows when we go to war and when there’s peace. He has arranged successes and is aware of failures, before they happen. Earthly circumstances don’t surprise him and nothing is outside of him.
There is something deeply, deeply liberating about believing these things and surrendering to God completely.
Study the list above for a minute. Maybe you have something to add about God’s character from today’s chapters. What’s something you resist about God? I struggle with #2 and regularly have to remind myself I’m free in Christ and not expected to earn anything from him. What about you?