I have been enjoying Paul Tripp’s video series called “War of Words.” I especially appreciated these thoughts in session five on “Understanding God’s Sovereignty.” There are fewer things more precious and exciting to me as a Christian than knowing God is sovereign in everything and being reminded of them by Tripp caused me to break out in joyful worship to our KING. Truly, he works all things after the counsel of His will. Nothing is left to chance. Read the following seven points carefully and slowly. Let these wonderful truths sink deep into your soul and give praise and thanks to God!
(1) God is the unchallenged ruler of the universe.
- Daniel 4:34-35: “At the end of time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation; All the people of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: ‘What have you done?'”
(2) God rules over all things for the church.
- Ephesians 1:19b-22: “That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church.”
(3) God rules over the specific details of our lives.
- Acts 17:26-27: “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”
(4) God rules over every aspect of our salvation.
- Ephesians 1:4-6: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” (See also Romans 9; Ephesians 2:12; John 10:25-30).
(5) God rules over circumstances for our sanctification.
- Romans 8:28-34: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (See also James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:3-9)
(6) God rules over relationships for my sanctification.
- Ephesians 4:11-13: “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (See also Ephesians 2:14-16, 19-22; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 18-20, 27).
(7) God rules over all things for his glory.
- Ephesians 1:11-14: “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory” (See also 1 Corinthians 10:31)