God’s Sovereignty

No doubt, you will have heard preachers mention, in their sermons, the sovereignty of God, and perhaps wondered what they mean.

The term “sovereignty” tells us that God has a right to do as He will, and is answerable to none other.

Whatever He does is for His own honour and glory, and for the good of His people. There are many examples in the Word of God, but just to take one example that we have in the Acts of the Apostles.

We read there of the remarkable vision that Peter had, of a great sheet knit at the four corners, in which were all manner of unclean creatures. When Peter was commanded to slay and eat, he demurred saying: “Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.”

The Lord answered him: “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.”

In this vision Peter learned that God would call the Gentiles into His church, and they would have a place there alongside the Jews. He learned as Jonah did when he was sent to Nineveh, that God has a sovereign right to do as He will, and no one can say to Him: “What doest Thou?”

So Isaac had to bow under God’s will and bless Jacob rather than Esau. Joseph had to similarly realise that Ephraim, his younger son, would be greater that the elder son, Manasseh.

As God’s purposes are worked out by Him, His children come to see that: “He is too wise to err, and too good to be unkind.”

By Gerald D. Buss

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