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God said, “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place…What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside? Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings?…Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?” (Job 38:12, 19-20, 31-33)
I was brushing my teeth and admiring the impressive nighttime view from my campsite at Lake Cygnus. The Western Arthurs is arguably the most beautiful mountain range in Tasmania because of its artistic jaggedness and glacial lakes. Located in Southwest National Park World Heritage Area, it’s quite an arduous track to walk, featuring miles of mega mud and a long, steep slog up Alpha Moraine onto the top of the range. However, all the effort is worth it to see the rugged, wild, remote beauty of the Western Arthurs.
As I stood there scrubbing my teeth I noticed that the clouds behind the peaks to the East looked quite bright. It quickly dawned on me that the moon–in fact, a full moon–was going to rise exactly in between the two massive peaks in front of me. How awesome is that to be in just the right place at just the right time? I quickly went back into my tent to grab my camera, and just as I finished setting it up on the tripod the first beams of moonlight began to pierce through the crack between the peaks. All of a sudden, the jagged mountains all around me were brilliantly illuminated by the brightness of the moonlight.
Wow, God had perfectly positioned me to witness this beautiful sight!
This experience totally reminded me of God’s sovereignty over everything, including every person and all of history’s events. The Scriptures are full of historical accounts of God preparing people and putting them in the right place at the right time such as Joseph (Genesis 37, 39-47), King David (1 Samuel 17) and King Cyrus (Isaiah 45:1-13, Ezra 1). One of the most notable examples, however, is how God raised up Queen Esther, a young Jewish girl, to a position of power within the Persian kingdom in order to save the Jews from total annihilation c. 450 BC.
When Esther’s cousin Mordecai informed her of the impending genocide against them, he said to her, “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14).
The Scriptures say, “All the days ordained for me were written in your [God’s] book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16) and that God, “…works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will…” (Ephesians 1:11).
When I look back on the multiple examples in Scripture, I know I never need to worry about my future. As long as I walk with God and submit to him as he works out my life in accordance with his perfect will, I know he will perfectly prepare and position me for all he has ordained me to do. It is when I rebel against him as Sovereign Lord that things will not go well for me. However, as I submit to his Sovereign Lordship over my life, my life will not fail to be blessed and full of meaning.