Tag Archive | sovereignty of god

Jeremiah 18:6 ” ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?’ declares the Lord. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.’ “

This verse is a very vivid reminder of God’s sovereignty over man.  The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Woe to him who quarrels (or complains) with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among potsherds on the ground. (Isaiah 45:9) Well, that kinda puts us in our place doesn’t it?!   God is the potter and we are the clay…it’s as simple as that, but we humans don’t take kindly to being told what to do by anyone in authority, let alone God.  Our rebellious spirit bristles at God’s perceived supreme power over us.  But in Romans 9:20, Paul asks in amazement, “But who are you, O man, to talk back to God?  Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, Why did You make me like this?”  We are like clay in the hand of the Master potter…and He will fashion us as He sees fit…His Will and Way always prevailing.

Psalm 96:10 ” Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns.’ The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved…”

God’s activity in creating and ruling the world is seen throughout the Psalms.  “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it. (Psalm 24:1-2)  “The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad.” (Psalm 97:1)  “The Lord reigns, He is robed in majesty.” (Psalm 93:1)  The bottom line is…throughout this pandemic, you may think God has been absent, indifferent, or turning a blind eye to all the death and suffering…but He hasn’t.  God’s sovereign authority is still operating on our behalf and for our good.  For “the Lord works out everything for His own ends.” (Proverbs 16:4)  But how and why is He doing this?  As the Lord told Moses in Exodus 9:16, “for the purpose that I may show you My power and that My name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”  So one thing we can be certain of today… is that God is still in control and ruling with grace and mercy.

Job 1:21 ” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

In a matter of minutes Job lost everything…his livelihood, all his future income, and all ten of his children.  And you may find yourself in the same place today as you survey your mounting losses.  Although Job lost all his material and personal things, there was one thing he never lost, and that was his faith in God.  For this verse tells of his  acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty, goodness, grace and mercy.  And as James 1:17 also reminds us, “Every good and perfect gift is from above…”  Job lost everything…but he never lost what really mattered…his faith.

Psalm 68:20 ” Our God is a God Who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.”

In looking up the Hebrew words in this short verse, I found some interesting things.  First, the Hebrew word for “saves” here occurs only once in the Old Testament…its meaning – deliverance.  Next, the Hebrew word for “Lord” is the covenant name of God.  Finally, the Hebrew word for “death” here means deadly sickness or plague.  We need to be reminded today that our God is a covenant-keeping God who delivers us out of all our calamities and distresses. (I Samuel 10:19)  And as the Psalmist wrote, “You have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before You in the light of life.” (Psalm 56:13)   And as both Jeremiah and Ezekiel proclaimed… it’s only from the Lord that comes escape.

I Chronicles 29:12 ” Wealth and honor come from You; You are the Ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. “

In this prayer, King David was acknowledging that it was only from God – the source of everything –  that he possessed  abilities and achievements.  David was also acknowledging  the sovereignty and authorship of God as he viewed the world around him.  Later, his son Solomon would write in Ecclesiastes 5:19-20, ” When God gives any man  wealth and possessions,and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God.  He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.”  Recognizing and thanking God for His benevolence in our lives gives rise to one of the greatest gifts we can ever receive…it’s peace and contentment.

Job 1:21 ” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

Job couldn’t understand what had happened to him…he had just lost all his children and his livelihood.  Yet here, he acknowledges God’s total sovereignty.   We also will go through tragic times…times when we shake our head in utter bewilderment at the senseless acts we see and hear about.  So we need to be reminded here that our Lord’s power has not diminished…His authority and supremacy has not waned in light of the increasing  evilness  in the world.  God’s rule is still absolute…His dominion still remains established and true.  We may not be able to understand…but we can echo Job’s words, “May the name of the Lord be praised.”

Psalm 102: 26-27 “They will perish, but You remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing You will change them and they will be discarded. But You remain the same, and Your years will never end.”

We live in a very disposable world.  There is nothing we own that will last forever…everything will eventually  be thrown away.  But as the Psalmist proclaims here, there is one thing that will last forever…and His name is the Lord Almighty.  For God’s reign is everlasting.  His throne is firmly  established in justice,  and He will reign without ceasing…for eternity.

Leviticus 26:1 ” Do not make idols or setup an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.”

Modern day idols can take the form of many things.  They may be people, possessions, locations or life-styles…anything that takes its place above God.  Our graven image may be  pride and self-importance.  Or it may be bowing down to our collection of belongings…those babbles, toys, and things we amass and hoard just to say we have them.  Anytime we put or trust and affections in anything other than God we’re headed down the wrong path.

I Corinthians 4:20 ” For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”

You can tell someone about God.  You can share what He’s done in your life, and how you’ve been changed.  But words are empty until the Holy Spirit reveals to that person the true nature and reality of the might and  authority of God .

I Corinthians 2:7 ” No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.”

The indwelling Holy Spirit reveals to all  Believers the sacred mysteries and hidden truths of God’s own revelations.  We are then privy to visions, prophesies, and insights that the world can never be part of.  The Lord’s glories teachings and principles all afforded to us as Believers,  by way of the Holy Spirit.