The sovereignty of God
“Our God is in Heaven; He does whatever pleases Him!” Psalm 115:3
“The LORD does whatever pleases Him, in the Heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths!” Psalm 135:6
“All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as He pleases with the powers of Heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back His hand or say to Him: What have you done?” Daniel 4:35
The sovereignty of God may be defined as the exercise of His supremacy. Being infinitely elevated above the highest creature–He is the Most High, Lord of Heaven and earth. Subject to none, influenced by none–He is absolutely independent. God does . . .
as He pleases,
only as He pleases,
and always as He pleases.
None can thwart Him, none can hinder Him.
Sovereignty characterizes the whole being of God. He is sovereign in all of His attributes.
Divine sovereignty is not the sovereignty of a tyrannical despot–but the exercised pleasure of One who is infinitely wise and good!
Because God is infinitely wise–He cannot err.
Because He is infinitely righteous–He will not do wrong.
Here then is the preciousness of this truth. The mere fact itself that God’s will is irresistible and irreversible, fills me with fear–but once I realize that God wills only that which is good for His redeemed people, my heart is made to rejoice.
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001