Saturday Sermon: Understanding the sovereignty of God
By Bill Walden
Aug. 2, 2013 at 3:02 a.m.
At one time, the phrase "sovereignty of God" was heard often from pulpits and seen in many writings. While the term will not be found, the fact is that it's taught throughout the Holy Scriptures.
Our knowledge or lack of it does not enhance or diminish God's sovereignty. We are benefited greatly by knowing of His great love and mercy. Job's friend, Eliphaz, says: Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee," Job 22:21.
To become acquainted with God and His ways will steady us in our journey through uncertain times. It reminds us that as our institutions are challenged: "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: And he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, 'Destroy them,'" Deuteronomy 33:27.
The eternal God is our refuge. Just to think of this eternal attribute draws our attention to God above all others and all things. ". Underneath are the everlasting arms" tells us our God is concerned and can reach underneath us no matter how low we feel to be.
Our God is eternal, uncreated and self-existent. The natural mind finds this difficult to grasp: "But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows," Luke 12:7.
This should allay all our fears that we are just going through life without God being aware of our existence. This scripture shows that He has intimate knowledge of us, and His presence is always with us.
"These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself ... " Psalm 50:21. When our assessment of God is based upon our own selves, we miss so much.
We are mutable and change our minds, many times for the better, sometimes, for the worse; however, God is unchangeable, "But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth," Job 23:13.
While it may seem to us that God changes His mind, He does not change "for the better," because with Him, there is perfection, and that means there is nothing better. He is immutable (unchanging), and His omniscience (all knowing) embraces all things: past, present and future.
In our earthly journey, we must never lose sight of God's great love. ". 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," Daniel 4:35.
This is our God. "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God. How unsearchable are his judgments and his ways past finding out," Romans 11:33.
Bill Walden is the pastor of Stratton Primitive Baptist Church on Farm-to-Market Road 1447, 8 miles east of Cuero.