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God's Sovereignty - What is Sovreignty and Thoughts about a Sovereign God Who is Trustworthy
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
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, why should Christians evangelize? JI Packer is another highly sought after writer who writes about profound issues in simple terms.
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.
More Biblical Resources
- Studying the Book of Isaiah - Some of the Precious Lessons that I have Learned
The book of Isaiah may appearing rather intimidating to us when we read it. However, through studying it I have learned about the character of God. This hub shares some of the bigger lessons and themes in it.
- Does Prayer Work? Tackling the Impossible Task of Examining the Spiritual Using Scientific Methods
Previously conducted studies looking at prayer’s efficacy are attacked for methodology and theology, as prayer is ascribed vastly different meanings according to one’s personal, cultural and religious socialization. This hub looks at prayer from a Ch
- Why Did Jesus Have To Endure and Suffer the Extremes of Pain, Suffering and Rejection Through Death
Whenever I think of how Jesus died on the cross for our sins, I always wonder if there was an easier way out for us. Could God have allowed or thought of a simpler plan instead that wouldn’t be so painful and terrible?
- Concise Theology by J.I. Packer - An Excellent Resource to Understand Theology in a Simple and Deep
Packer’s Concise Theology is a concise explanation and exposition of theology. Packer breaks down different words that are related to theology, and writes little 2 or 3 page sections on each word. Read more about this book!