Ezra.1 (Old Testament)
EZRA 1: The Sovereignty of God
Memory verse: Ezra 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
Sovereignty means to possess a supreme and independent power or authority. In the context of Christian faith and religion, the term "sovereignty" is often used to refer to God's absolute control and authority over all things. This means that God has ultimate power and authority over the universe, and nothing happens outside of His control or permission.
There are many events and occurrences in the Bible and in our world that foreshadows God’s attribute as a sovereign being. One of these instances is when God used Cyrus, a pagan ruler who yet served as an instrument for God to further achieve His purposes. “the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia” How could He have accomplished that if He doesn’t assume the position of a sovereign God? He is actively involved in the affairs of the world, directing them towards His ultimate purposes.
As believers, we can trust in God's sovereignty, knowing that He is in control and that all things will ultimately work together for the good of those who love Him.