There’s an article this month on the Desiring God website titled 10 Reasons Why Believing in the Sovereignty of God Matters.
If you consider yourself to be a follower of Jesus, or someone interested in God in any capacity, I highly recommend that you take a minute and go read it.
The idea that God is ‘sovereign’ is commonly thrown around and disputed in christian circles…
Some will throw the word around without even understanding its meaning, while others will argue about its meaning.
The Desiring God article begins with this definition for ‘the sovereignty of God‘:
We believe that God upholds and governs all things—from galaxies to subatomic particles, from the forces of nature to the movements of nations, and from the public plans of politicians to the secret acts of solitary persons—all in accord with His eternal, all-wise purposes to glorify Himself, yet in such a way that He never sins, nor ever condemns a person unjustly; but that His ordaining and governing all things is compatible with the moral accountability of all persons created in His image.
Do you believe that?
I struggle to…
I grew up in a stream of christianity that would probably push back against this definition.
As a freshman in college I encountered people who thought and talked this way, and it upset me. I wrestled for years with this understanding of God’s nature and character.
But over the years, my study of the scriptures and my experience with God have led me to confidently affirm this way of understanding God, and that transformation has dramatically changed my perspective as well as my lifestyle.
I want to challenge you: have you ever considered the sovereignty of God? Have you wrestled with it? Are your beliefs on the matter in keeping with the Scriptures, or have you done your best to tag this topic as ‘controversial‘ and avoid it because you don’t like it?
You might be missing out on some of the most exciting Truth in the Bible.
And as Tozer wrote: “What you believe when you think of God is the most important thing about you.”
So don’t take it lightly…