Look Up: Trusting in God’s Sovereignty

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling… bleh.
Anxious. Let down. Frustrated. Scared, even.

All of this is for personal reasons; but I look around me and see the same thing. Especially since much of the Western United States is up in flames, the Presidential Election is coming up, and COVID is still very prevalent in our society. What are we to do?

I’ve been reading a book called Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado, and in it, Lucado writes about how we can rejoice in the Lord’s Sovereignty, no matter what is happening in our lives. The same God who created all things is in charge of all things, and not only that—He LOVES us.

While we sit here, feeling deflated, we can look up, and say, “Father, You are Good, and in control.” He is in charge of who wins the 2020 elections, when the fires will stop, and every situation you happen to be in. And He turns all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). You can trust His Love because He died for you, that you might know the Father and live forever (John 3:16, John 17:3).

So next time you feel completely out of control, friend, stop fighting, and accept His Love. Accept His Sovereignty. And Accept His good, wise, unique, perfect plan for your life. Never forget: His thoughts towards you are for good, not for evil (Jeremiah 29:11).

In Christ,
Annalee Hoover, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY

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“Noble Plans”: Trusting Jesus in an unsure world (Petition in post)

On March 18th, 2015, Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, pledged in his “Covenant with Nigerians”– posted on Buhari’s official Facebook page during his campaign– to “give all it takes to ensure that our girls kidnapped from Chibok are rescued and reunited with their families” (source). On top of this lofty, but engaging promise, Muhammadu Buhari promised in July to “defeat Boko Haram by the end of this year” (source). This, no doubt, filled not only Nigeria, but the whole world watching, with confidence and hope. Plans that had been assured felt sure, and as Buhari was elected into office, his reputation for having integrity and making decisions with an iron fist excited Nigerians.

Yet, on April 14th, 2015, only one month after making such a bold promise concerning the Chibok girls, Muhammadu Buhari did not seem so confident. Humbly and solemnly confronting the problem of “finding our girls” on the first anniversary of their kidnapping, President Buhari’s take on finding and freeing the Chibok schoolgirls was this:

“We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown… As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them.”
— Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari (source)

Not only this, but President Buhari, coming up on his own deadline for defeating Boko Haram with noticeable (but not fatal) developments against the terrorist sect, said the deadline “should serve as a guide” and that “if exigency of multiple operations across the country advises a modification, the federal government will not hesitate to do so in order to address new flashpoints that are rearing their ugly heads in some parts of the country” (source). Suddenly, the promises made by this iron-handed man became a lot less sure, as lofty ideals settled into the dust that is the Boko Haram insurgency. Continue reading