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  •        Let’s go back to the beginning of time to take a look at what sovereignty means. One of the hot topics is always the question of how the universe came to be whether by evolution or creation or a mixture of both. People debate all the time about this subject but why Christians are debating this is beyond me. There is no debate. I remember being at a denominational meeting one time where they were discussing views of the creation and the six literal days was in question. I remember thinking this is not good but the subject passed quickly. As I pondered it later I thought about another place in scripture where the six days was mentioned, several actually and wouldn’t you know six days actually means six days.  Exodus 20:9 “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” So if you deny the first six days in Genesis you have to deny this verse also. The bottom line is if you are a Christian then you believe what the word of God states by faith. Man hasn’t come to the end of the universe yet but man thinks he knows better than God. 

         As a Christian you must grasp this very first verse in the bible. Everything else is built on it. If you do not believe this, are you really going to believe anything else in scripture by faith? I believe Jesus himself will still ask Luke 18:8 “when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” So Genesis 1:1 states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The question is do you believe it or not. It actually takes more faith to believe in the big bang evolution theory than to believe in God creating the universe. I still am intrigued that they are still looking for “A theory of everything (ToE) or final theory, ultimate theory, or master theory,” yet they deny the theory of everything who is God.  I would say if you question this beginning, you would also question the power of the Holy Spirit as so many do today. They say how could God do this yet he created the universe and all that is within it in six days. 

          Here are a few verses to ponder. Nehemiah 9:6 “Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.” It is interesting that here they are confessing their sins and the sins of their ancestors. “3 They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the Lord their God.” If we really understood the sovereignty of God we also would be in confession like they were for our sin and the sins of our ancestors.
    Acts 4:24 “When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.” Maybe when we get back to believing that God is sovereign and making this confession of our sin we would also see what they saw. They did not care that man raged against them because the power of the Holy Spirit was flowing. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus. 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” Notice this is after Pentecost. We must keep praying for the same to happen in our midst.

         So let us go back to the beginning and kneel before the sovereign Lord and then move forward in faith. Without faith we cannot call ourselves Christians. Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” So during this Lenten journey we must move forward in faith believing that in the beginning God! “So come let us kneel down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” (Read Psalm 95)

         So I leave you today to ponder these verses. If we do not acknowledge the sovereignty of God right at the beginning, we will not get all that is in-between from Genesis to Revelations, nor will we see the results of bowing before Him as master and Lord. Jude 3 “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” We must also believe that he is not only the beginning but the end also. He created the universe and He will end it. Luke 10:28 “do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 22:13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Do you really fear the sovereign Lord and does your life reflect that God is sovereign?