The Sovereignty of God

What is “Sovereignty?”

Sovereignty is God’s right to do what He want s with what is His.
Matthew 20:15
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

What is the Extent of God’s Sovereignty?

God controls the universe.

Job 38:4–6 KJV 1900
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?Declare, if thou hast understanding.
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof;

We have been told that, because of climate change, we don’t have much time left here on this planet.

Greta Thunberg, the young teenager who had a “meltdown” at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit said...

We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth - how dare you!

In fact...Professor Stephen Hawking thinks the human species will have to populate a new planet within 100 years if it is to survive. He said...

With climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, our own planet is increasingly precarious.

Biblically, though, we must keep in mind that God is in control!

Genesis 8:21–22
And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Yes, one day this earth will be destroyed. 2 Peter 3:10 tells us that...

2 Peter 3:10 KJV 1900
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

But, it will not be because of climate change. Why? Because God is in control!

God controls the plant and animal creation.

Psalm 104:21
The young lions roar after their prey, And seek their meat from God.
Matthew 6:30
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

God sustains all of physical creation that we see around us. And, if God cares for the plants and animals that He has created, doesn’t it stand to reason that He cares for you, O ye of little faith?

God controls all nations.

Daniel 4:25
That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

Benjamin Franklin famously said...

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men.

History is His story. It is not the story of any one nation or people group. History is a story written by the finger of God.

As we see the mess that the governments of this world have gotten themselves into - ours included, it can produce a lot of anxiety within us. However, we can take comfort in knowing that God is sovereign; He is in control!

Isaiah 46:10
Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times the things that are not yet done, Saying, My counsel shall stand, And I will do all my pleasure:

God controls the length of a man’s life.

Luke 12:20
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

You might say, “Well, that’s just scary!” However, think of it in this way. You have a purpose in this life and God will make sure that you accomplish that purpose!

Psalm 90:9–10
For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: We spend our years as a tale that is told.
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; And if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, Yet is their strength labour and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

God controls all things for His glory.

Isaiah 46:9–11 KJV 1900
Remember the former things of old: For I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times the things that are not yet done, Saying, My counsel shall stand, And I will do all my pleasure:
Calling a ravenous bird from the east, The man that executeth my counsel from a far country: Yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

If God controls all things for His glory, shouldn’t we desire to do all thing for His glory?

1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
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