“In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.” Ephesians 2:13
I caught myself the other day thinking, “If I could change one thing about my past…” I’ll bet you can finish that sentence with a few thoughts of your own. Who hasn’t lamented something in their past. For some, the choices were huge and life altering. For others, they were moments, that while not quite as monumental, we wish we could do over. I have spent so much time living with regrets, living in the “if onlys,” and wishing I had made wiser decisions, or that circumstances had turned out differently. I have discovered that when I live in constant regret I set myself up for a very sad life.
But I am learning to trust in the sovereign providence of God. That is a really old-fashioned term, but in the original Hebrew, the word combination has a rich and significant meaning. The word “sovereign” speaks to God’s rightful authority that extends over nature, nations, mankind, and individual lives. Likewise, the word “providence” is speaking to God’s charge over you; the root word means “to pay attention, to care for, to be in charge of.” Here is God’s tender, loving care that shows Him as “the Good Shepherd” and as our Heavenly Father. God has pledged to pay attention to you, to care for you, and to be in charge of your life – not as a dictator – but as One who seeks always and only what is best for you. Job 10:12 expresses this beautifully. “You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in Your providence watched over my spirit.”
The combination of terms tells us that God is always looking out on your behalf, knows what you need and He has the authority to move heaven and earth to accomplish all things for you – because He loves you.
Beloved, if you have grieved choices in your past, know that Your sovereign, providential Father has been watching over and caring for you all along. In His hands the very thing that caused you the most pain can be the growing point for a whole new future. Dear friend, God loves you too much to waste the struggles of your life. He has a plan. He has a purpose. And He has you in the palm of His great hand.