What is Sovereignty?

A sovereign is someone who possesses supreme authority, such as a monarch.  And while that definition fits God, I would like to give you a different definition for the creator of the universe as understanding God’s sovereignty is crucial for our faith and trust in Him.

Perfect Love  +  Perfect Authority  =  God’s Sovereignty

Not making sense?  Let’s unpack this to get a full understanding of the definition.

We know God loves us.  His love is higher, wider and deeper than we can imagine.  He loves us in spite of our faults and failures.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8 (NASB)

Perfect authority has three components; omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence.  All three are attributes that apply solely to God.

So that makes our formula:

Perfect Love  +  Omnipotence  +  Omniscience  +  Omnipresence  =  God’s Sovereignty

Omnipotence means all powerful.  God is the creator of the universe.  His hand flung the stars in space.  He scooped up a handful of nothing and from it formed the earth.

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?"   Jeremiah 32:27 (NASB)

A Sovereign must have the power to rule.  God has all the power.

Omniscience means all knowing.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!  Romans 11:33 (NASB)

A Sovereign must know what’s going on.  God knows everything.

Omnipresence means being in all places at all times.  He sees everything.  There is nowhere we can hide from Almighty God

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.  Psalm 139:7-10 (NASB)

A sovereign must be present or have representatives present to act.  God is everywhere all the time.

So God’s authority is perfect.  How does God’s perfect love fit with perfect authority?  God orchestrates all things for our good.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28 (NASB)

In other words, everything that happens to us is either allowed by God, or caused by God for our good.  So if absolutely everything is in God’s hands, worry serves no purpose whatsoever.

When bad things happen to us, we don’t always understand why.  But we have a daddy in heaven that does.  If you are a believer, you belong to Him.  He promised to use everything for our good.  We don’t have to know why.  God does, and that’s enough.  And when you begin to understand that, trusting our Heavenly Father starts getting easier.

May you fall in love with God’s Holy Word.

May you become addicted to prayer.

May you understand the sovereignty of The Almighty.

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