Since God is in control, let the heavenly hosts praise him. He has supreme power and authority over everything. Since God is in control, let everyone praise him. Christians define it as the ruler of the universe, God, having the right, the authority, and the power to govern all that happens and what has, is, or will happen being in accordance to His divine will. God is sovereign over both life and death. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”. The fact is that mankind has freewill. Christians understand that God is sovereign over all that happens. The Bible describes God as one who is sovereign. This is expressed by Paul in Romans 8:28 as he writes that “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”. He is the author of our lives and He knows where He wants to take us. The Sovereignty of God: Introduction 'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh God's sovereignty is one of the most important issues a Christian must consider. Isaiah 55:8-11: Assurance that God’s ways are higher than ours. What is your life? If God is sovereign, what then? What did my prayers and longings matter in light of God’s authority? What if when God asks me if I’ve forgotten that He’s sovereign, I could say in complete truth, “Of course not,” and I walked in belief and trust and faith and rest. Of course, this does not mean that God’s great power is meant to be a giant wishing well, granting our requests. It was not of human origin but by the will of God. But I am convinced that these verses—rightly interpreted—definitively establish God’s absolute sovereignty over all things. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It doesn’t matter that the world’s rulers know this or not. I don’t know about you, but the first time I heard the word sovereign, it didn’t register with me. Proud member That aligns with what the previous verse said (Prov 16:9) and with God’s sovereignty, even over bad things that happen. Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. The fact is that “in [God’s] hand are power and might [and] none is able to withstand [Him]. Because of His love for us, Jesus died on the cross for our sins, setting us free from the eternal death of sin. Whether or not He actually exerts that level of control in any given circumstance is actually a completely different question. Consequently, no matter what you face in life, you can take comfort in the fact that God is sovereign. Joseph’s brothers at first tried to kill him, and then they sold him into slavery but what was done with evil intent, God used for good. I understand that I quoted this already when I was describing God’s sovereignty but I wanted to expand on this verse by seeing how it applies only to “those who love God” and only “for those who are called according to his purpose.” Someone who is not yet saved but will be, this verse is applicable but for those who plan to forever reject the Son of God, Jesus Christ, all things work out for the bad (Rev 20:11-15), not the good. Take sin for example. Sovereignty of God Verses – How does His sovereignty impact me? God is trustworthy. “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”, “But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. Salem Media Group. “I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.”, “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns!’”, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”. The Bible verses below are far from exhaustive, and each should be interpreted according to its genre and context. 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