Piper Devotion 5


Today’s journal entry on John Piper’s devotional book Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ.

Mark 4:41 – Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?

It’s without a doubt that God is sovereign over all things. “He… upholds the universe by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3) and “In Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). Piper rubs a lot of folks wrong when he claims that the world’s most horrible disasters are at the work of God’s hand. I think he makes a valid argument when he shows through scripture that God is sovereign over the winds and storms, (Job 37:9-14, Psalm 19, Psalm 135:5-7, Psalm 148:7-8)

When we are challenged with the storms to consider if it is God’s hand or not, we are left with two response, the response of Job’s wife or Job himself; curse or worship. Regardless if we believe that God allows storms to injure or kill because of sin, it is still under God’s allowance. We have the option to worship God when he makes the trees bow at his power or curse him because His power has damaged our possessions. We have the decision to shake our fist at Him because He destroyed our stuff or worship Him because we tangibly see His power at work.

We must remember that everything works for God’s glory. In our despair, in our depression, in our destruction, it all shows that God is greater and we must declare it or one day be forced to bow to it (Philippians 2:10).

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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