Friday, November 11, 2011

In His Sovereign Hands

Our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. Psalm 115:3

God is sovereign. This means that He is the surpreme Ruler of the universe, and that He can do as He pleases. And because God is also righteous, what ever He pleases is perfect and always right. The Lord declares through the prophet Isaiah, "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure" (Is. 46:10). After Nebuchadnezar was chastened by the Lord he proclaimed, "He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, 'What have You done?'" (Dan. 4:35). In Romans 9:20, Paul reminds us that we have no right to question God's action, "But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to Him who formed it, Why have you made me like this?" The apostle also declares God to be Him "who works all things according to the counsel of His will" (Eph. 1:11).

The prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah both speak of God as the Master Potter ( Is. 29:16, 45:9, 64:8, Jer. 18:6). If He is the Potter and He is, then you and I are the clay! He has rights to us by creation and by redemption. We ought to submit ourselves to Him in every circumstance, never doubting His care, concern and love for the vessel that He is forming. The truth of His sovereignity in my life allows Him to mold me as He sees fit, never questioning His decisions!

The doctrine of His soveregnity also comforts us during those times when pressure is being applied, knowing that since He is the Surpreme Ruler, He is working out His purposes and they will reach their desired end. He has begun the work on His vessel and will complete it (Phil. 1:6). My responsiblity is to be pliable in His hands.

No comments:

Post a Comment