Among the many failings of the christian church today there is none greater than the failure to teach and to proclaim the Sovereignty of God. It is this failure, above all others, that has given rise to many of the false beliefs people have about God. God is not the weak, ambivalent, fickle entity that so many people make Him out to be. It is a failure to teach the Bible – God’s Holy Word – and it’s doctrines with absolute truth, and without compromise and dissimulation that has led people to think that our God is like we are with all our foibles, flaws and inconsistencies. Nothing, and I mean, nothing is more dishonoring to God than for people to think that He is like them, or that He isn’t fully in control of everything, and I mean everything, that happens in this world and in the lives of people. Do I know what I’m saying? Yes, absolutely, and a careful study of the scriptures bears this out.
To say there are things in the Bible that are hard to understand is an understatement, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be understood. Foreordination, Election, and predestination are difficult concepts to understand, but they are not beyond the comprehension of human intellect when guided and taught by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is it’s own best commentary; yet, many people fail to benefit from it simply because they don’t take the time to study it. No one single verse or section of scripture can be fully understood without it being studied in the context in which it is written, and in light of what other scriptures reveal in relationship to it.
The Bible is the Word of God; His revelation of Himself to man so that man can understand himself and his role in relation to his Creator. There are many men behind the pulpits of todays churches who quite frankly are false teachers, whether by intention, or ignorance, is not for me to judge, but the results are the same. Whenever and wherever people teach that God is love, and fail to teach that He is holy, just, and hates sin they are NOT teaching the truth as the Bible reveals it.
A proper attitude toward the sovereignty of God is essential to comprehending and experiencing the promises and blessings of Almighty God.
What Ought to be Our Attitude Toward the Sovereignty of God?
Arthur W. Pink
It has been well said that “true worship is based upon recognized greatness, and greatness is superlatively seen in Sovereignty, and at no other footstool will men really worship.” In the presence of the Divine King upon His throne even the seraphim ‘veil their faces.’ Divine sovereignty is not the sovereignty of a tyrannical Despot, but the exercised pleasure of One who is infinitely wise and good! Because God is infinitely wise He cannot err, and because He is infinitely righteous He will not do wrong. Here then is the preciousness of this truth. The mere fact itself that God’s will is irresistible and irreversible fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which is good. My heart is made to rejoice. Here then is the final answer to the question (concerning our attitude toward God’s sovereignty)—What ought to be our attitude toward the sovereignty of God? The becoming attitude for us to take is that of godly fear, implicit obedience, and unreserved resignation and submission. But not only so: the recognition of the sovereignty of God, and the realization that the Sovereign Himself is my Father, ought to overwhelm the heart and cause me to bow before Him in adoring worship. At all times I must say, “Even so, Father, for so it seemeth good in Thy sight.”