Lev. 14:34
I want to focus on one phrase that leapt off the page at me this morning during my devotions in the One Year Bible. Lev. 14:34 reads, “The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, ‘When you come into the land of Canaan, which I give you for a possession, and I put a case of leprous disease in a house…” There is much detail in this passage related to how to ceremonially cleansing a person and a house with leprosy. We, often, can get lost in these details and the intricacies of the sacrificial system of the Old Testament. But notice that this text has the Lord saying that HE BROUGHT the leprosy. HE BROUGHT this disease. It was not the fault of the homeowner. It was not the responsibility of the person living in this house. THE LORD BROUGHT IT.

When we use the word ‘sovereignty,’ many times we fail to comprehend the full significance of what we are saying. Our God is in control. He causes or allows good and bad things to fall across our path. He brings or allows easy or difficult times into our lives. He dictates or allows us to walk through circumstances that are crafted to conform us to the image of His Son. Paul writes that He “works all things according to the counsel of His will…” (Eph. 1:11). And Matthew records Jesus saying that ‘not one [sparrow] falls to the ground apart from your Father’ (10:29). Isaiah shares God saying, “I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord” (45:7). Luke reveals that those opposed to and persecuting Jesus were doing “whatsoever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place” (Acts 4:28). And the Scriptures have many more passages verifying His sovereignty.

The one comforting fact is that our Father can be trusted and is always available. As He works out His plan, we are on His mind and the Scriptures reveal Him to be a kind, loving and merciful Father. He never leads us into troubled waters and then allows us to sink. He walks with us and teaches us how to better rely on Him as days get dark and difficult. He strengthens us as we look to Him for guidance. There is nothing the enemy, our government, fate, random circumstance, our haters, these failing bodies, or anything else in all creation can do that our Father does not control. Who is a god like Him?!?!

by Curt Krohn, Senior Pastor

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