Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday's Quote: The Sovereignty of God

I started reading The Sovereignty of God by Arthur W. Pink last week, and it's full of such good truth that it's a joy to read.  I wonder, though, if we truly understand what God's sovereignty means, both to us and to Him.
Were we to announce from the average pulpit that the subject of our discourse would be the Sovereignty of God, it would sound very much as though we had borrowed a phrase from one of the dead languages.  Alas!  that it should be so.  Alas!  that the doctrine which is the key to history, the interpreter of Providence, the warp and woof of Scripture, and the foundation of Christian theology should be so sadly neglected and so little understood.....To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in Heaven and earth, so that none can defeat His counsels, thwart His purpose, or resist His will.... 
To argue that God is "trying His best" to save all mankind, but that the majority of men will not let Him save them, is to insist that the will of the Creator is impotent, and that the will of the creature is omnipotent.  To throw the blame, as many do, upon the Devil, does not remove the difficulty, for if Satan is defeating the purpose of God, then Satan is Almighty and God is no longer the Supreme Being.
If God is truly sovereign, then we have to realize that nothing we can do, nothing that anyone can do, is able to thwart His will.  It also makes me wonder if I really want to have any control since I don't know everything like He does.  Not knowing everything could would lead to bad decisions, so I think know that I will leave everything in His infinitely capable hands.

I find God's sovereignty comforting, don't you?

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