What do those two words mean?
Sovereignty ~ Supreme; superior to all others; chief. God is the sovereign good of all who love and obey him. (this is the definition of ‘sovereign’ according to the Webster’s 1828 dictionary).
Providence ~ the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures. (also taken from the Webster’s 1828 dictionary).
If you’ve read today’s passage before, you may be asking how in the world I could connect sovereignty and providence to Galatians 6:1-10. I typically read the ESV Bible and when I opened to the passage for today, the heading reads…
Bear One Another’s Burdens
Here’s the passage:
1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load. 6 One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
You see, I missed writing yesterday. The reason was not because of the transgressions committed by myself or others nor was it because of any of the other things listed in the passage. The reason was that the Lord was making tangible to me what it means to “bear one another’s burdens”. This was done through a listening ear, shared tears, and of course – prayer. After all, prayer is the best way to hold (bear) something for someone else.
Not necessarily yesterday, but often in this bearing, there is temptation to be angry, to lash out…to transgress. That’s when we need each other. That’s when godly counsel and accountability are so important. When we are in the midst of adversity, we can convince ourselves that things are not the way they seem…that we are not who we thought we were. This could swing both ways — good or bad. Point is that we are responsible for our own actions. Praise the Lord that He is available to help us – to guide us – to give us grace!
I love verse 8. I’ve heard it all my life from parents, grandparents, teachers….. “whatever one sows, that will he also reap”. Paul has not let this point slip by throughout the rest of Galatians. We are to live in the Spirit….bear fruit….share Christ. The result reaping of these things that are fueled by our faith is eternal life.
So friends, please don’t grow weary. The Lord has called everyone who believes in Him to a plan and a purpose. He’s in control. Ultimately we get to reside with Him. Let us love our neighbor…let us do good to everyone. Let us bear one another’s burden. In these ways we surely let them know that they are loved.
Until tomorrow…Joy to You!