August 27

The Mystery of God’s Sovereignty

Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth…. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

Ephesians 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will….

Ephesians 1:22-23 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Psalm 115:3 But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.

Romans 11:36a For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things…

Hebrews 1:3 He upholds all things by the word of His power.

The sovereignty of God used to be a given in the church. It was even understood to a limited extent by the unsaved, and was a common subject of preaching. That’s not the case anymore.

Take the time to read and take in the scriptures above. God has unlimited power, does what He chooses, and has sovereign control over the affairs of men, nature, and history. His power is absolute and infinite. He is the potter, and we are the clay. Being God and being Almighty, He has the power and the right to whatever He wishes, and is under no obligation to us.

He is sovereign in delegating His gifts and His power to others. He is sovereign in the exercising of His love, His grace, His mercy and His salvation. He can choose to restrain or not restrain, according to His wisdom. A.W. Pink once wrote: “God bounds sin, and restrains men in their sins, as he does the raging sea, allowing it to go so far, but no further.”

He has told us “that all things work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28) and Joseph testified in Genesis 50:20 that though his brothers who’d sold him into slavery “meant evil against [him], God meant it for good.” So we can trust that in all things, God is working a good end.

There are aspects of God’s sovereignty we can see and even experience, but we will never truly understand it on this side of the grave. Digging into the Word, being led by the Spirit, allowing God to have His way in our trials—these will shed light on these aspects, but our hope in putting the pieces together will have to be placed in eternity.

The scientists among us have a good example. In this life, God’s sovereignty is like a chemical suspension. We see the various pieces, but they don’t blend into a cohesive whole. When we are in His presence, and “[we] shall know just as [we] also [are] known” (I Corinthians 13:12), we will see it as a chemical solution, and we will perceive how it all blends together into something new, and in this case, wondrous.

Prayer: Lord, help me to accept and receive those things that I don’t understand yet, but that Your word makes clear. Let me never use as an excuse the fact that I will never fully understand some aspects of You before I see You face to face, but let me continue to grow in understanding of Your will and Your ways.

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