Contend Earnestly: God's Sovereignty

Monday, June 05, 2006

God's Sovereignty

When I think of God’s sovereignty I think of some of the most obvious ways we see His sovereignty in the Bible, such as His control over creation, salvation and man. I think of Romans 13 that tells us that we are to be subject to every governing authority because God has established them all. With the belief in God’s sovereignty the next logical train of thought is knowing that He is also the great Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides. For if you believe that He controls all things it is only through Him that anything good comes in your life (James 1:17). The things that I love in the Bible and also in how God shows us who He is, is through revelation from His word and His people thoughts that are sort of “hidden.” Let me explain:

I was listening to Caedmon’s Call yesterday and they have a song on one of their old albums (Back Home) that had this line:

You made the seed that made the tree That made the cross that saved me

It brought reminders to me of other ways God’s sovereignty and providence are shown in the Bible. One was one that Justin brought to my attention and that is in the same passage that God is given the name Jehovah Jireh, by Abraham, on Mount Moriah, that by the way is the same place where our Christ was crucified (for another discussion that leads to amazing realities of God’s plan). The point was that as Abraham and Isaac were walking up the mountain God was leading up the ram that was to be sacrificed up the mountain on the other side. The same ram that led Abraham to give the name Jehovah Jireh to our God.

Think about the trees that God created knowing that those same trees were going to be the ones that Noah was going to use to build the ark to save his family and the animals from the flood that God brought. I could just see God protecting the trees from animals, weather and just other people from cutting them down. For God had a plan for some of these trees to be used specifically by Noah.

Many other examples are in the Bible to show how God was preparing His providence to His people because He controls all things. If we just started to grasp this we would understand that as we go through trials God has already been preparing His providence for us. How much more confidence would we have if we started to search for these things and trust in God when these trials happen? God even tells us that His Spirit is praying for us in ways we don’t understand. The Spirit is praying for us for trials that we don’t even know are coming, yet He does. And He not only knows they are coming but is preparing His providence for it.

Do we honestly trust God and His sovereignty? Noah did and so did Abraham; amazing men of faith of whom the world is not worthy. I pray that I start to really trust in God and know that He will truly provide my every need for He knows what is yet to come and controls all things.


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