The sovereignty of God is a wonderful doctrine that should permeate every aspect of the Christian’s life. Just think, there is literally no circumstance or ordeal that does not serve the purpose of working for our good and for His glory. But what about when we fail? Does this Romans 8:28 promise end when we sin? David didn’t think so. In the greatest of the Psalms, Psalm 23, David, under inspiration, penned these words: “Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.” David knew these tools well. He had personally used them to correct his wayward sheep who blindly sought their own way. His ability to see farther, foresee danger, and understand the many limitations of his sheep caused him to correct them and save them from themselves. When God’s correction comes upon us for what our heart tells us is sin against Him, are we comforted? Does God’s chastening rod and staff remind you that He knows your weaknesses and limitations and loves you too much to allow you to pursue your own way? Take comfort in knowing that His sovereignty and goodness still rule over the life of the erring child as well as the submissive servant.