Deep down we know He is sovereign

Published on Jun 2nd, 2011 by City North Baptist Church
Deep down we know He is sovereign

God’s sovereignty is one of the most confronting doctrines in Christianity and a cause for much wrestling as we come to terms with it.

It is confronting because as humans we like to think that we are in control.  We have been taught that we are masters of our own destinies.  So when we come face to face with the reality that God exercises complete control over all things, that He holds the universe in the palm of His hand, we are understandably a little taken back.  The sovereignty of God tells us that we are radically smaller than we like to think and that God is radically bigger than we like to think; all this can make us incredibly uncomfortable.

Currently the Pastors are reading through a book by J. I. Packer together called, “Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God”.  In the first chapter of this book Packer makes the point that despite the fact God’s sovereignty is confronting, deep down inside we know that He is indeed sovereign.  Packer says:

“I do not intend to spend anytime at all proving to you the general truth that God is sovereign in His world. There is no need; for I know that, if you are a Christian, you believe this already. How do I know that? Because I know that, if you are a Christian, you pray; and the recognition of God’s sovereignty is the basis of your prayers.”

The basic point he is making is this: Why would you bother praying to God if you didn’t think He was powerful enough to answer your prayers?  Why pray for someone who is sick if God is not sovereign over health?  Why pray for a safe journey if God is not sovereign over the roads and the skies? Why pray for a lost friend if God is not sovereign over salvation? Why pray for someone who is dying if God is not sovereign over life and death?

While we may wrestle with the confronting doctrine of God’s sovereignty, the reality is that when it comes to our prayer life we lean more heavily on this sovereignty than at any other time.  In this way we can not only come to the realisation that God’s sovereignty is an irrefutable truth, but we can also come to love it, cling to it and base our faith upon it.  Ultimately unless God is sovereign then there is a huge cause for doubt in our faith.  If something is able to sneak past God without Him realising, or something is able to overpower Him in some area, then we are on shaky ground.  I would encourage all Christians to take a deeper look and realise that God’s sovereignty is actually a doctrine that brings assurance rather than doubt, hope rather than fear and peace rather than turmoil.