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11/5/2017 12:14:00 AM
Under The Covers
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.'
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 
10% what happens to you and 
90% how you react to it.'

Rev. Susan Smith Walker
Emanuel Reformed Church

My favorite time of day is early morning in the bed under the covers. Everything is quiet. I am warm, comfortable, and at peace in the presence of God. When I open my eyes from a night’s sleep, I am grateful that God has given me another day of life, but I have no desire to move yet. Under the covers, I contemplate God’s omnipotence, his omniscience, and his omnipresence – the fact that God is sovereign. God is all powerful, all knowing, and everywhere all at the same time. I know that I live in God’s world, my life belongs to him, and I seek His will for my life. This is a sweet time of prayer because God has my full attention.

In the same way at night, I long to get under the covers. God helped me make it through the day one more time. As I pull the comforter up around me, I feel the peace of God descend upon me. All the stress of the day is lifted off of me. I totally relax into God’s presence and protection as I move towards a refreshing night of sleep. As I pray at bedtime, it is like falling softly into the well of the Spirit without any fear because I know God will be there with me in my dreams. God is sovereign even when I am asleep.

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Sometimes I wish could stay under the covers all day, but I know that God’s protection and peace is mine wherever I go. God is still in control. His spiritual covers go with me into the day as we see in Psalm 91:1-4:

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter(A) of the Most High will rest in the shadow(B) of the Almighty.[a]

2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge(C) and my fortress,(D) my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare(E) and from the deadly pestilence.(F) 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;(G) His faithfulness will be your shield(H) and rampart.

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we know that the sovereignty of God as a key principle supported by scripture shaped our faith tradition as Protestants. God is Creator and Lord over everything, yet He also allowed us free will to make choices in life. How then is He sovereign? Are we still covered under His spiritual wings when we sin or when we are caught in the consequences of other people’s sin?

God is in control of all things one way or another. Matthew Laney in A Study Guide for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation says “God is like a playwright who leaves room for the actors to improvise. Regardless of what the actors say and do onstage, it’s still the creation and world of the playwright. God’s sovereignty is revealed in God’s ability to weave and direct our choices into the tapestry of His plan to redeem all creation. Human behavior cannot and will not thwart God’s mission.”

God is the ultimate source of all power, authority, and everything that exists. It may be easier to sense His sovereignty under the covers in our bed, but we are under His wings at all times everywhere in life.

Rev. Susan Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.com

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