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The Sovereignty And Power Of God


NOVEMBER 07, 2019

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The Sovereignty And Power of God

Deut. 32:39

 

 

To inquire about the origin of God is to ask an impossible or insolent question. Why? Because, unlike human beings, He has no parentage. So you simply cannot trace His source, Isaiah 40:28, Ps. 145:3.

 

What does He look like? Another impossible question. No one can see His face and live, Ex. 33:20. In any case He is a spirit. And spirits are not visible to the naked eye. They do not appear on x-ray or scan. Moreover while spirits can travel in incredible speed, over vast distances, humans are rather limited by their bulky frame, and by gravity. So, they can only be in one place at a time but God sits on His throne in heaven while His feet touch the earth! Isaiah 66:1

 

Humans live in time. God lives in eternity.

i.        What we know about Him is what He says through the mouth of His Prophets, Ex. 3:14, Isaiah 43:11-13

ii.       And what Jesus revealed about Him in unmistakable terms, saying to all who care to listen:

                   …Have I been such a long time with you, and yet has thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, shew us the Father

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works, John 14:9-10.

 

Jesus was, of course, not speaking about the physical attributes of God but His spirituality, John 5:17, Jer. 9:23-24 and Gal. 5:22-23.

 

iii.      His created works also speak for Him. The visible universe testifies to His matchless intelligence and unrivalled inventive prowess. How come we have the billions of stars, suns, moons and the rest, all moving along defined orbits. Sometimes some of the stars collide but then new heavenly bodies arise, an indication that the creative process is endless.  

 

          Obviously the laws of nature were not invented by man. So they are not subject to modification by parliamentary, judicial or executive review. They were a vital part of the original design and construction by the Maker who alone can tamper with them for a purpose, Joshua 10:12-14

         

          He made fish to swim, not fly. He made birds to fly so He gave them wings. He designed land animals to walk or run, not fly. As for man they are made to walk or run, although with the aid of machines they can now fly.

 

His Sovereignty And Power

He had always existed and was never created by anyone or any force. He is the original majesty whose independence of thought and action was never, and has never been, subject to anyone’s supervision or approval. Which is why He could say, with finality, “I am that I am”. The “human majesties” are severely limited by time while He is ageless. Even spirits, which are not subject to death, will eventually perish if they rebel against Him, Rev. 20:10.

 

Is there anything God cannot do? He who created time, can reverse time, by directing the sun to move backwards rather than continue its forward movement, Isaiah 38:5-8. He changes times and seasons. Dan. 2:20-22. No one can query Him. When He says there is no god other than Him He is actually saying:

I have made the earth, and created man on it.  I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens. And all their hosts have I commanded, Isaiah 45:12

 

He was emphasizing His autonomy and unlimited power. He can, if He wants, bury his enemies alive. Num. 16: 11-35, or sentence a king to a slow, agonizing death, in the presence of his subjects, Acts 12:20-23.

 

Yet by nature God is merciful and gracious Ex. 34:6-7. He ignored the doubt of Abraham’s wife, Sarah, when He promised to end her barrenness within a year. He delivered as promised because He is bound by His Word, Gen. 18:9-15. Similarly the Shunammite Woman doubted God when He promised to end her long-term childlessness but He stood by his Word. He is always faithful, 2Kings 4:13-17, Isaiah 55:11. But God was not going to tolerate unbelief from His own priest, Zacharia’s. He gave Him a slap on the wrist although He could very well have punished Him more severely, Lk. 1:13-22.

 

Still on His capacity to show mercy, even to those who do not deserve it, God can overlook the disloyalty of a disciple and turn him to a divine powerhouse in the church, Acts 5:14-15.

 

He remade the self confessed Chief sinner (I Tim. 1:14-15) to a mighty apostle who turned the Roman “world upside down”, healing the sick, casting out demons, preaching Christ to Gentiles and Jews alike, Acts 17:5-6, Acts 16:16-18.

 

There is certainly no limit to God’s power as David confirmed from experience, Ps. 139:1-16. He can turn a madman to an evangelist, Mk. 5:1-20, or if He so wishes, sit at table with a friend who had earlier spent 4 days in the grave, his body feasted on by worms, John 12:1-2. Once upon a time He rewarded the consistent loyalty and obedience of a human being with a gift which is the envy of generations unborn, Gen. 22:15-18. Luke 16:22.

 

Such is the scope of His power that He can rain hailstones on His enemies or use destructive insects to discipline disobedient believers, Joel 2:25.

 

Yet His actions are never arbitrary nor His thoughts ill-motivated. When He says “I will have mercy or whom I will have mercy” He does not imply that just anyone, including the most obdurate sinner, would receive favour. The unrepentant robber on the Cross never did, whereas the other one, who confessed his crime and asked for pardon, received immediate, direct access to heaven Lk. 23:39-43. He can allow satan to sift the believer, to test his faith, but He would put a limit to how far the devil can go, to preserve the life of His beloved, Job 1:11-12, Job 2:4-6,

 

God is truly awesome.

 

 

 


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