“At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.” – Revelation 4:2
The greatest news you can give to someone in these tumultuous times is that God is sovereign. I want to define God’s sovereignty, then give some biblical evidence of it.
God being sovereign means that He is all-powerful, and nothing can stop Him from fulfilling his will. There is no power higher than Him, and there is no authority in heaven or on earth that He is subject to. If God wants to bring something about, there is nothing that can stop Him.
John piper defines it like this: “When we say God is sovereign, we mean He is powerful and authoritative to the extent of being able to override all other powers and authorities.”
Here are some verses that support God’s sovereignty:
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” – Job 42:2
“All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”” – Daniel 4:35
“Renember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’” – Isaiah 46:9-10
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” – Matthew 28:18
“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,” – Ephesians 1:11
Why is it such good news today that God is sovereign? Well let’s take a look at the world. What does the world look like today to the untrained eye? The world looks chaotic, out of control, random, and hopeless. Knowing God is sovereign helps us know that there is purpose in the chaos. We know who is in control when things seem out of control. We know there is no such thing as random. And as long as Christ is on the throne there is nothing to fear.
There is purpose in the chaos:
God absolutely has a reason for every event that is taking place in our world today. And for His children, these purposes are good. These purposes are to make His children more holy, more conformed to the Son, or ultimately to take us home to be with Him. Take heart, there is purpose in the chaos.
He has not lost control:
“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” – Proverbs 16:33
The roll of the dice may be the most random event, but even that, the Lord is sovereign over. Every seemingly random event, or every event that seems to be out of control, the Lord is working. Take heart, He has not lost control.
There is hope:
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23
The unbelieving world needs to see Christians unswervingly holding fast the confession of their hope in Christ. As everyone scrambles for some type of peace, the world should see Christians firmly rooted in the truth of God’s word. What a time it is to testify to the power of Christ.
So, take heart Christian, God is on His throne, and He is always working.