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God is Sovereign, which means that He alone has supreme and ultimate power. Nothing is done that He does not allow to be done. We can see God’s hand in the Bible and in our everyday lives, but it can also be seen through the history of the church.

One such example is that of the coincidence of Martin Luther’s theses and the invention of the printing press. The printing press was invented by Gutenberg in 1440. Martin Luther nailed his theses onto the door of the church at Wittenberg in 1517. Because he had access to the printing press, he could publish his written works on the needs for reform in the church, so by 1519, Luther was the most published author in Europe, with over 45 of his compositions published. God’s sovereignty is evident in this time. This wouldn’t have been possible without the invention of the printing press at exactly the right time. Luther’s publications led to the reform of the church, which is what most Protestant denominations that exist today originated from.

Another example is the preservation of Scripture through monks. Monks originated in the early days of the Christian church, probably around the third century. They were men who lived a life of solitude, dedicated to studying the Word of God. Eventually, groups of monks lived together in monasteries and spent their days copying the Scriptures and other texts about the life of Jesus. For a long time, especially during the dark ages, monks preserved the ancient texts of the New Testament. God shows his sovereignty through the preservation of the New Testament through the means of monks meticulously copying it down.

A third example is that of the life of John Wesley. At the age of five, John Wesley was miraculously saved from a burning building. He was raised in a very religious household, ordained in England, and came to America. On the way back to England, the ship he was on encountered a storm, and Wesley feared for his life. He saw a group of Christians calmly singing hymns and praying and realized that he had never truly known Christ. He returned a new man and began to practice the spiritual disciplines, eventually beginning the Methodist movement. God’s sovereignty is seen through the physical salvation of Wesley’s life at the age of five and on the sea, and through his spiritual salvation which resulted in the salvation of many others through the message Wesley carried with him.

These three examples demonstrate that God is not an absent God or a God of chance. He is intentional, purposeful, and He works all things together for good. His plan will always triumph, and His will will always be done. Nothing happens by chance.

This should lead us to fall at the Lord’s feet. I can put my complete trust in His plan because I know that He will never leave me or forsake me. His plan is good, intentional, and it will lead to his glory. I know that He is orchestrating things far beyond what I can see right now, which allows me to put my complete trust in Him.