Life is full of both good a bad things that happen in people’s lives. In the process of reconciling and coming to peace with those events some have made God responsible and the One in control of everything that happens. They call it the Sovereignty of God which basically means God is in control of everything that happens to us on Earth. God is not our problem, He is the answer to our problems so don’t blame God.
We can call God Sovereign and define sovereign as the one who is supreme, paramount and above all. A sovereign is the highest ruler, having supreme rank, and authority over all. It is one who is subject to no one higher, takes orders from no one, and answers to no one higher. We can, of course say that is who our God is but that does not mean everything that happens He wills it, allows it, or approves of it.
As it is commonly taught today and accepted by so many Believers, it is the distorted belief that
- God controls everything that happens to us.
- God wills everything, good and bad, that happen to us.
- Nothing can happen to us without His approval.
- He is sovereign over all events and is the Supreme Dispenser of all events
It is easily identified by common phrases used to echo this distorted belief like:
Phrases commonly used that echo this distorted belief:
“If it happened, there must be a reason God had for it.”
“You know God works in mysterious ways; God’s in control”
“God must be trying to teach you something.”
“God is in control and you never know what He’ll do.”
“Whatever will be will be.”
“It must have been their time.”
“Well, God is sovereign,” used as a catch all explanation for something unexplainable or the reason for a tragedy.
Yes, God is Sovereign, above all in power, authority, and rank but His Sovereignty will never violate man’s free will and choice (Genesis 3:6; Galatians 6:7); His Word (Psalm 138:2); His character (Numbers 23:19); and His covenant promises and oath (Psalm 89:34). If in the name of “God is Sovereign,” and He changes what He said, promised, or changes His immutable character, how could He ever be trusted? There would be no basis of trust if He changes or contradicts what He said.
The distorted sovereignty overemphasis needs balanced with these facts:
- God has magnified His Word above His Name and watches over it to perform it (Psalm 138:2).
- God cannot violate His character, nature, and integrity (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 4:16-18).
- Jesus restored man’s dominion, authority, and right to rule in life (Genesis 1:26, 28, 31; Matthew 28:18).
- God’s throne, His seat of authority, is grace not sovereignty. All redemption was by grace, not sovereignty and grace demands a response of faith on our part (Hebrews 4:16; Romans 4:16).
- There are many things that are not God’s will that happen to us, and many things that are God’s will that never happen. That is why Jesus said to pray God’s will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).
6. We live in a Fallen world (Romans 8:20-22); with Fallen men (Ephesians 2:1-3; Genesis 6:5); and have exposure to a Fallen angel and his demonic forces (Isaiah 14:12-14; Luke 10:18; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:12). We no longer live on Earth and in a world God initially made “very good,” Genesis 1:31.