God Is Sovereign - But What Does That Mean?
Everything in the Bible points in one direction, toward a successful life that establishes a relationship between God and Man. Nothing is in the Bible by mere chance. God has a purpose for every account, narrative, record, teaching, description, or character revealed in it. The principles and truths that are established, revealed, and expounded upon in the Bible are essential for our lives. Everything that has any degree of lasting benefit is based on them.
Many in contemporary business, spiritual, and motivational roles seem to have taken credit for inventing or creating some of these concepts. They may seem to be ground-breaking, new paradigms. However, a student of the Bible can see that they are simply one or more of God’s eternal principles re-applied to a contemporary problem or challenge making it appear fresh and new.
The truth and stability of God’s Word never changes because it is universal and absolute. Living according to His truth produces a fulfilled life that overcomes the challenges it faces.
A thorough comprehension of the provisions that God has established for man leads to deeper insight into God’s character. This understanding also reveals the plans that God has for us, plans that are always for good, giving mankind every opportunity for success. The precious God-Human relationship is revealed to us in the text and the spirit of the Bible.
The pitfalls, distractions, and challenges are laid out for the reader along with the physical and spiritual activities that support, extend, or cut short a successful life. Each account reveals information to the student of God’s Word that can deepen his or her understanding of the spiritual nature of the world. They also reveal the principles and order upon which God has chosen to operate the world system.
The God of the Bible is sovereign. Although the word sovereign does not appear in the King James Version of the Bible, it is used in many other versions. It is generally agreed that this characteristic is perfectly descriptive of God. However, what is the understanding that people have when God is described as being sovereign? The word sovereign has several meanings, all of which point to the concept of supremacy. In human terms, the noun form of the word more commonly refers to a head of state, monarch, or king.
1) a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler. 2) a person who has supreme power or authority. 3) a group or body of persons or a state having sovereign authority.
When describing God, the definition from Easton’s Bible Dictionary probably sums it up the best.
Of God, His absolute right to do all things according to His own good pleasure.
Many scriptures lend credence to this definition and support the “all-powerful, do anything He wants to” nature of God (see the Ideolatry Appendix for Chapter 18). However, this definition makes God sound more like a dictator than a sovereign. Is this truly the way God operates?
Traditional views of God and His character did not just begin in the last few generations. Knowledge of God’s Word had been largely separated from the common man for centuries. As a result, the perspectives of a relatively few individuals were expanded upon and evolved into the widespread traditional views we hold today. One such perspective is the sovereignty of God. In the human mind, there is an unpredictable element when the concept that “God can do whatever He wants, whenever He wants to” is considered. There is certainly no doubt that He can do what- ever He wants. After all, He did make everything.
The question is: Does He actually act that way, or does His character and nature provide some predictability to His methods?
I invite you to read Ideolatry - God Is Not Your Problem - The Character and Nature of God to learn more about the importance of your own words.
May God richly bless you in all that you do! - Dr Rich Masek
To go deeper into this subject, Read
Ideolatry - Chapter 18 - Unwavering Integrity - The Unchangeable Law
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