The Sovereignty of God

Christians often use the word sovereign to describe God. Sovereign means having supreme rank, power, authority, or being above all others in character, importance, excellence, etc. This is why the king or queen of a monarchy has the title of “Sovereign.” (I’m sure a lot of our U.S. politicians would like that title but that’s another article for another day).

Divine sovereignty is a vast subject…it embraces everything that comes into the biblical picture of God as Lord and King in this world, the One who “works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Ephesians 1:11), directing every process and ordering every event for the fulfilling of his own eternal plan.

If you’re a Christian you believe God is sovereign. I know because you pray. You ask for things and give thanks. Why? Because you recognize that God is the author and source of all the good that you have had already, and all the good that you hope for in the future. This is the fundamental philosophy of Christian prayer.

The prayer of a Christian is not an attempt to force God’s hand, but a humble acknowledgement of helplessness and dependence. When we are on our knees, we know that it is not we who control the world by our power. Therefore, we need God who IS sovereign to supply our needs (Philippians 4:19). The very fact that a Christian prays is proof that we believe in the lordship of God.

How about salvation? Do we thank God for our salvation? Of course! Why? Because we know in our heart that he was entirely responsible for it. We don’t save ourselves; he saves us. Our thanksgiving in itself is an acknowledgement that our conversion was not our own work, but HIS work.

We also acknowledge that God is sovereign in salvation because we pray for the salvation of others, don’t we?  We don’t pray for God to bring them to a point that they would save themselves…we pray quite simply and decisively that He will save them, that he will open the eyes of their understanding, soften their hearts, renew their natures, and move their wills to receive Jesus as their Savior.

If you don’t pray and thank God for provisions in your life (i.e. daily bread), if you don’t thank him for your salvation, and if you don’t pray for the salvation of others, quite frankly I’d say you’re not saved (you’ve not been born again). If you do…you believe in the sovereignty of God.

With that said, whatever you may be thankful for or in need of in your life today, the Lord is very interested those things. Go to him in prayer and talk to him personally about your life. The greatest joy we can know is that a sovereign God cares for us and deeply desires fellowship with us. Get in one of the local Pottsboro churches and begin to see the great power of “The Sovereign God” work in your life.