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God's Sovereignty - What is Sovreignty and Thoughts about a Sovereign God Who is Trustworthy

Updated on December 30, 2012

One of the amazing things about God is that He is sovereign. If He is a sovereign God, He is in total control, and everything flows within His will or His plan. Thinking about this sovereignty can be rather mind-blowing at times. Truly only a God can command such a complex authority over every little thing in our life.

In JI Packer’s Concise Theology, we learn how God exercises His sovereignty by letting things take a natural course rather than controlling the minute details or by supernatural intervention. How profound and counter intuitive. This is quite a demonstration of being in total control where there is no over-involvement or control freak behavior exhibited by God. It makes me question the way I tackle my problems. Shouldn’t I deflect them toward God, and spare myself all the plotting and scheming if I can cast all my burdens on my God who has His hand in the natural courses things take?


Books about God's Sovereignty

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

Written by Justin Taylor and John Piper, two men who are highly respected by the Christian community for their ministries of teaching. Highly recommended.


If God is sovereign, and if all his promises are trustworthy, I really ought to be claiming them more, and I ought to be more joyful, grateful and at peace. If everything in this universe is moving along God’s trajectory and working to fulfill His purposes, then what more should I have this confidence that as a child of God, and as one of His elect, my life matters to God.

In the macro scheme of things, God has it all moving in His control, and whatever seems like madness to us God is calmly observing and knowingly watching. On a smaller scale – in my life, one of the things that I have been trying to challenge myself to do is to see how all the ‘bad’ things in my life are not just means that God uses to reveal His power and character to me, but specific strategies and events that God allows to protect and deliver me from something even worse.

At first thought, this latter strategy could be compared to giving me something rotting to spare me from something rotten – not exactly noble. But on second thought, and after reading this book, I realize that it is true, on hindsight, that within God’s sovereignty, grace and mercy, I can be sure that each thing in my life can be a reflection of God’s glory. Even without hindsight, adopting this attitude helps me to snap out of my self-pity, catastrophizing and sinful thought patterns, knowing that God is the source of my hope. This is one thought pattern that I find worthwhile pursuing.

Searching for evidence of God’s character in my life changes my perspective toward God and other people, and I demand less that God answer my prayers the way I want Him to. Praying is like an act of submission and obedience, knowing that He is sovereign and above all.


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    • Charlotte B Plum profile imageAUTHOR

      Charlotte B Plum 

      6 years ago

      Hey Dave Mathews!

      Thank you for dropping by and for sharing your thoughts! It is something that I think about quite often too.

      Perhaps this is something that none of us can really know - the mind of God - why He allows certain things to happen. I know that God's ways are higher than all our ways and that I can trust in His character even though I don't understand a lot of these hard questions.

      But I do know that in God's sovereignty, all suffering, freewill actions and pain and hard questions can and will still work toward His glory. ...even though from my human vantage point I am trying to figure that out still.

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 

      6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Charlotte: This article is beautifully presented, but it presents one pertinent question that is asked by both believers and non-believers alike.

      If God is sovereign, if God is ruler over All, then why does God permit such natural disasters as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. to be? Why does God permit such illnesses as cancer, or heart attacks or stroke?

      Why does God permit innocent fetuses to be terminated?

      Why does God permit starvation, droughts, famine?

      Some might say that God permits all of this in order for satan to be permitted to test mans' faith like "JOB".

      Others might say that God permits these problems as a punishment for sinfulness.

      Still others might respond that God is in complete control and that God Himself caused all of these things to be.

      The true fact is God could and would prevent all of these things if "Free Choice" or as some call it Free Will did not exist in man and in satan. We have chosen to live how we live, thus causing the earth and the people to oppose each other humans want what they want and will do anthing to get and to have it, regardless of God.


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