Joni Erickson Tada was an athlete.  In 1967 she had a diving accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down.  She could have given in to depression and despair, but she didn’t.  Instead she took the opportunity to glorify God through her adversity.  Since then she has written several books, spoken to thousands of people, and ministered to more people than can be counted… all the while glorifying God.  Here is what she wrote about the Sovereignty of God…

Nothing is a surprise to God; nothing is a setback to His plans; nothing can thwart His purposes; and nothing is beyond His control.  His sovereignty is absolute.  Everything that happens is uniquely ordained by God.

Sovereignty is a weighty thing to ascribe to the nature and character of God.  Yet if He were not sovereign, He would not be God.  The Bible is clear that God is in control of everything that happens.

As Moses learned, when God gives a disability, He also gives us the means to deal with it (Exodus 4:11-12).  God does not delight in our afflictions, but when they are in His will for us, He delights in working everything our for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28) — whether He removes the affliction or not!

If examining the sovereignty of God teaches us anything, it teaches us that real satisfaction comes not in understanding God’s motives, but in understanding His character… in trusting in His promises… and in leaning on Him and resting in Him as the Sovereign who knows what He is doing and does all things well (Joni Erickson Tada, “Is God Really In Control?”  {Joni and Friends, 1987} pp 2, 3, 8.).

Click here to hear her speak on The Theology Of Suffering (Excellent!)

Life is tough.  Bad things happen to decent people.  Unexpected events turn our lives upside down… sometimes for decades or possibly for life.  This proves Christians are not immune to “tragedy.”  In fact, in hardship Christians are to show the world the difference Jesus makes when our feet are knocked out from under us.

When we’re in free fall, seemingly without a parachute, what keeps us from panicking?  Absolute trust in the complete sovereignty of God.  The sure knowledge that God is in control provides peace.  That provides the ability to worship in adversity.  This is what Mrs. Tada so ably wrote.  Click here for the prior post dealing with this topic.