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Divine sovereignty over rebel creation

May 29, 2015

God is Sovereign. He rules over all affairs in all the universe. From the tiniest atom to the greatest empire of man to the most massive galaxy, God rules supreme over every detail of them all. While explanations vary among Christian traditions of how this sovereignty is worked out in relation to sin and human freedom, the supreme rule of God is accepted by most Christians. God is Sovereign, but His creation is not all equally submissive.

God is the Supreme Lord over a world in rebellion and creation under a curse. God’s sovereignty is unchanged, but His sovereignty is currently exercised over intractable subjects. Some of creation submits itself willingly to God’s rule and some of His creation resists His authority. Though the rebel seeks to oppose God’s will, like Nebuchadnezzar he discovers, “He doeth according to all His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand.” (Daniel 4:35) In His sovereignty God uses the rebels rebellion to accomplish His Divine purposes. In His sovereignty God uses the cursed to accomplish His perfect will. He is God who “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.” (Ephesians 1:11) These truths give rich comfort to His servants who suffer under the onslaughts of rebels and the sorrows of sin. The comforts of God’s sovereignty are unfolded in the promise, “And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God.” (Romans 8:28)

The Sovereignty of God declares the futility of opposing God’s will. He is a fool who resists the commands and purposes of God. God’s purposes will always be accomplished. The wise man submits to God’s will. Submission is not fatalism which stoically endures all that may come about in one’s life. Submission to God’s will is not a passive response to events since, “God is going to do His will anyway.” Submission to God’s will is obedience which seeks to further God’s purposes in all circumstances. Submission to the Sovereign God actively works to participate in and promote that which God is doing.

The Sovereignty of God condemns the hopelessness which imagines events are arbitrary, accidental or thwarting God’s plan. God is in control. This truth shouts aloud God’s good purposes in the midst of a world of seeming chaos. This truth whispers the comfort of God’s eternal plan during the long, dark nights of sorrow. This truth sits by the bedside, holds the suffering one’s hand and speaks quietly of a Divine work that is greater than temporary ease and pleasure. This truth declares God is doing something good, something great, something eternal in the Christian’s life. This truth declares God is doing something good, something great, something eternal in current events. God is in control. Though billions of men and demons mean to do evil, God uses their evil to accomplish His good work.


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