Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.
1 Chronicles 29:11
As the days carry on and weeks progress, I’m committed to learning this generally understood term. Far be it that I will totally comprehend the depths of this doctrine because of my finite ways but the journey is what entices me to chase after God. Although, is it the very opposite that the pursuer has become the pursued? This beautiful expression can’t be summed up in any words that man will color or describe so my attempt is futile. His greatness is far beyond my own ability and to say that God is Sovereign is to assert that God is God. To acknowledge the majestic one, the almighty creator of heaven and earth is to say that His ways are not our ways, His thoughts not our own, His purpose is sure and no one can resist His will. Before we can proceed further, a grasp of this thinking needs immediate clarification. You are not your own! The governor among the nations (Ps.22:28) has sealed payment with blood bought rites and as a result, we have been given an escape from eternal damnation.
If He is in control why is evil running ramped, why not save everyone, why prolong the inevitable like God is some sick twisted puppet master pulling the strings of life. These questions aren’t new and our preconceived notions irrelevant but come from years of humanity dealing with a power struggle between himself and God. It’s as if we’re in a wrestling match with God as was Jacob (Gen.32:24), trying to dominate the position of the other but we deny Him the authority, pretending we could ever outwit God. To deny that God is sovereign leads down a spiral path which has no logical end and where Atheism has found its home.
When you go through a trial, the sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which you lay your head
The rulership and reign of His sovereignty are irresistible, the calling effectual and His words infinite in time, space or matter. The universe belongs to God and He can do as He wills. Who are we to disrupt the outspoken plan written in scripture, believed by some and hated by many? Does the clay say to the potter, mold me in this fashion or else? God is under no obligation to appease us like if we deserve such pleasures in the first place. Understanding that God is in control is the say He is Lord, powerful in quality, merciful in His character (Read 2 Kings 20:1-6), and a loving King with endless affection for us. Does God love everyone? If He does then the devil has His heart, the entire world would bow down and the children of wrath will have their fill (Eph.2:3). This point to explore requires way more than a simple blog post to do it any justice. “As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated,” Rom 9:13. Search the scriptures and allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate His word into your heart.
Imagine for a second if God wasn’t in control. To some, it would become an imaginary fantasy land of none stop debauchery with a license to do as he or she pleases. If one molecule wasn’t in right relationship with the divine plan of God, then He wouldn’t be God. If it wasn’t for Grace, undeserved and unmerited favor, we would be deserving of Hell. Given this free gift (Rom. 5:15) we’ve squandered it shamelessly and prostituted the love of God demonstrating our very human nature. If he wasn’t in absolute control the space-time continuum becomes inconsequential, chaos will wreak havoc on our minuscule mirages of mankind in comparison to the greatness of God.
To let go and let God may seem like a monumental task filled with ambiguities but I assure you that the choice has already been made up for you. Does this mean we should stop praying, place a halt on ministry or quit our day jobs? The human responsibility still continues and our occupation carries on. For now, the pursuit of Holiness rests on our hearts, to make our beds and lay our heads in knowing that He works everything for our good.
Soli Deo Gloria