Our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. (Psa. 115:3)
God is sovereign. That means that He is the supreme Ruler of the universe, and that He can do as He pleases. But having said that, we must quickly add that what God pleases is always right. His way is perfect.
Isaiah quotes the Lord as saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my Pleasure (Isa. 46:10). When Nebuchadnezzar was restored to his right mind, he said, He doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? (Dan. 4:35). The Apostle Paul insists that man has no right to question Gods actions: Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? (Rom. 9:20). And in another place he speaks of God as the One who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will (Eph. 1:11).
Spurgeon said, We proclaim an enthroned God, and His right to do as He wills with His own, to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in the matter.
To put it very simply, the doctrine of the sovereignty of God is a doctrine that allows God to be God.
It is a truth that fills me with reverence and awe. I cannot comprehend all its ramifications, but I can worship and adore.
It is a truth that moves me to submit myself to Him. He is the Potter; I am the clay. He has rights to me by creation and redemption. Under no circumstances should I talk back to Him or question His decisions.
It is a truth that is full of comfort. Since He is the supreme Ruler, I know that He is working out His purposes and that they will reach their desired end.
Though there are things in life I cant understand, I can be sure that the dark threads are as necessary for His weaving as the threads of gold and silver.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon