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Violating Sovereignty

            “You violated our sovereignty”—woeful words that constitute an act of war. When a nation believes another nation has violated their sovereignty, planes are fueled, and bombs are loaded. Soldiers lace up their boots and ships steer their rudders into the winds of danger. Violating sovereignty crosses uncrossable lines. A challenge is proposed and often accepted. “You entered our house without an invitation” is the most laymen terminology.

            Why do the words, “Violating Sovereignty” carry such potent power? No nation wants their way of life—their ideals—their goals and admirations—questioned or challenged. It is more than border security. It is an attack on routines and rhythms. When these literal and metaphorical territories are trampled, conflict always ensues.

            This may work for nations, but it does not work for Christians. Spiritually speaking, there is only One who is sovereign. As constituents of the King and citizens of His Kingdom, we do not have our own nations, armies, borders, and customs. We answer to the ONLY sovereign source. Consider these descriptions of God’s sovereignty.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  (Colossians 1:15-17)

“The lot is cast into the lap, but its very decision is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:33)

“I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity. I am the LORD who does all these things.” (Isaiah 45:7)

            There is but one standard that defines every soul. It was written, ordained, lived, and given by the Lord God. His way is the sovereign way, and every human sin violates His spiritual sovereignty. When we step into shoes we aren’t supposed to wear—when we claim wisdom we don’t have—when we carve our path based on the world’s contemporary standards rather than God’s eternal truths, Jehovah’s sovereignty has been violated. My friends, it is an “act of war”. Thanks be to God that our Father does not desire to engage in war with His children. He uses every diplomatic tool, through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, to redeem spiritual aggression and restore heavenly peace. Yet one day, diplomacy will run its course. Justice will be done. Vengeance will be taken. And we will find ourselves on the side of life or death. 

            May we strive to never violate, but validate, God’s sovereignty. Regardless if we are one nation, one church, or one soul, we stand under God’s will—not above, behind, or beside.  

“Oh, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched your arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:7)