The Sovereignty of God

God’s omniscience, omnipotence, and freedom combine to support the concept of God’s sovereignty, or God’s rule over all creation. In order to be the Ruler over everything, His sovereignty must be limitless, that is, there must be no boundaries to His authority. For there to be no boundaries to His authority, God must possess all power to execute His will. In order to enforce His authority and power, there must be no limit to God’s presence. God must be absolute in all of His divine attributes in order to claim sovereignty. One aspect not often considered is God’s complete freedom to do what He wills. Only God is truly free because He is inhibited by nothing. He has no restrictions or limits. Moreover, there is no need for God to be restrained or limited because He is pure and holy. The holiness of God allows God to be completely moral. His impeccable purity ensures that He will not do anything contrary to His goodness. On the contrary, man must be restrained because of man’s exceedingly immoral nature that drives him to abuse his freedom. Sin is the ultimate restrictor of spiritual freedom, and man remains in bondage until liberated by Christ (Romans 6:16). As a result, man must be restrained from sin and constrained to love Christ (II Corinthians 5:14), which is only possible through the divine intervention of grace. Because God is not subject to any outside standard and not dependent upon any outside source, God’s authority is absolute and His power is the highest.

A primary concern with regard to God’s sovereignty is the presence of evil in the world. Does God, who has absolute authority, fail in power or willingness to step in to stop evil? First, one must understand that evil did not originate with God; evil was invited into the world by Adam. When God created all things, they were “very good” (Genesis 1:31). Upon the fall of mankind into sin, God immediately confronted evil when He stepped in to make a way of salvation for those who would come to Him by faith. The Lord revealed that the Seed of the woman would be bruised by sin, but that evil would not be victorious (Genesis 3:15)! The event that exhibited the greatest evil ever contrived, the vilification and crucifixion of the Son of God, was turned into the greatest good for mankind through God’s sovereign plan and purpose (Acts 2:23; Revelation 13:8).

Because God did not create evil nor is victimized by it, the only explanation for the presence of sin is the free will of mankind. God sovereignly decreed that man was free to make his own choices. In order to encourage proper choices, God sovereignly ordained the law of “sowing and reaping” (Galatians 6:7-8). Man may choose his actions, but he cannot choose the consequences. Furthermore, if man is not free then he cannot be held accountable for his actions. The command to abstain from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17) facilitated the first opportunity for man to use his freedom to glorify God or to abuse his freedom to satisfy himself. Fidelity and obedience are the ultimate tests of love, and God knew that true love is based on a free choice. If man chose God, they would have remained in pure fellowship as man fulfilled his purpose to glorify god. Despite man’s choice to reject God, the eternal purpose of God remained viable as He would seek to restore mankind to their original purpose. The Lord is taking every opportunity to reach sinners with the Gospel in order to conform them to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).

The freewill of man remains a reality. Each person has a choice, but God will do all He can to influence that decision. The wise will choose to yield to God, turn from ungodliness, and use his freedom to glorify the Lord.

My Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father,
I pledge my allegiance to You, my great Sovereign King of glory! You are complete in power and presence; You possess the fullness of knowledge and wisdom! Your decrees are pure because Your desires are pure; therefore, I can trust in your righteous judgments. Lord, I have yielded to sin and subjected myself to the law of death. I have allowed sin to reign in my life when only You should be my King. Help me not to abuse my freedom, but to rely upon You for the wisdom to use my liberty correctly. Thank You for directing my life according to Your Word that will lead me to give my utmost for Your highest. Today, I choose to yield to you. I pray that You would dispense Your grace that I might serve and glorify You, for You are worthy! For Your highest honor, I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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3 thoughts on “The Sovereignty of God

  1. “Man may choose his actions, but he cannot choose the consequences.” That is a good thought, brother. Thank you for this insight.

  2. Pingback: The Attributes of God | Learning the Way of Wisdom

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