SOVEREIGNTY – God’s absolute right to do all things according to His own good pleasure. Easton’s Bible Dictionary
The word “absolute” is powerful and exclusive. It describes His ultimate authority.
Several years ago when taking Beth Moore’s Daniel study at my church, I was intrigued by the many events in Daniel’s life which pointed to God’s sovereignty. The prophecies in his lifetime which have now been fulfilled and Daniel’s faith in times of extreme circumstance gripped my attention. Near the end of the summer course, it was this precept that held me together for the unexpected events to come: our daughter’s husband died suddenly at the age of 34. When events like this take you to the valley of despair, it is vital to know beyond a shadow of doubt in whom you can place your trust, believing that God is in control, even in the worst of times.
Daniel’s response to God in Daniel 2:20–23 (NIV) when He revealed Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to him—the revelation that would save Daniel and all of the wise men—is a powerful reminder to us:
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors; you have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.”
When life is hard and circumstances are beyond your control, what do you do? There is only one ultimate place to find both comfort and wisdom, and that is in the arms of our Lord. Psalm 34:18 (NASB) is a trustworthy promise: “The LORD is near to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” We may hate what has happened to us, we may be full of anger and frustration, but when we finally accept the reality of God’s sovereignty over every event, we can then come to Him for comfort and direction. He alone can soothe our spirit and help us navigate through the deep waters of despair to the shores of hope and renewal.
 Daniel, A Woman’s Bible Study, Beth Moore, 2006, LifeWay.com