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God's in Control

By Willie Skinner
April 28, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.
Judges 8:18-9:21
Luke 23:44-24:12
Psalm 99:1-9
Proverbs 14:9-10

I like to control things or, at the very least, try to control the outcome of situations. This season has been difficult for me because of the constant state of uncertainty. I like to think I make the right decisions, even Godly choices, that should produce an expected outcome. There is an uncomfortable lack of the ability to protect my family and loved ones. This unfamiliar territory is reminiscent of the women in Luke 24:6, upon finding Jesus, not in the tomb. The angel told them, "He has risen" and to "remember what he told you he would rise on the third day." And in verse 8, they remembered Jesus' words. This season has forced me to remember who Jesus is. In Psalms 99, the author details the sovereignty, majesty, and holiness of God. The writer also includes a look back of former patriarchs Moses and Samuel, who called on and relied on God.

My plans, which are just idols, fail, and can't help me. Any hope or faith placed other than Christ is misguided and will always fail. In Judges 8:22, Gideon is asked by the people of Israel to rule over them. He replies that he will not, and neither will his sons. Gideon declares the Eternal One will rule over them. He remembers that it was not his plans that brought victory but the Lord. The authors' final verse is in Psalms 99 is an opportunity for all of us to meditate and remember who our God is.  "Exalt the Lord our God and Worship at his Holy mountain for the Lord God is Holy."

Willie

To memorize: 

Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy.

— Psalm 99:9