What Does It Mean That God Is Sovereign?

The Bible describes God as One who is sovereign. But what does that really mean? As I investigated further, I learned that God makes numerous claims about Himself in the Bible and points to Himself as the ultimate source of all power, authority, and everything that exists. God claims to be the King, not just of this planet, but also of the entire universe.

He is without equal: He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, without limitation in any way. He is outside of time. He is infinite. He had no beginning and He has no end. He is the ruler of everything.

He existed before anything else and He holds all creation together. (Colossians 1:17)

When I think of God’s sovereignty, the phrase I like best is that “God is in control.” And that’s such a comfort. Here’s why. When a loved one lies in a hospital bed, God is in control. When we think of our most difficult times with a child, God is in control. When a close friend is in ICU, God is in control. When the economy — national or personal — is on a slide, God is in control.

God’s sovereignty means that there isn’t anything that will enter your life that God does not either decree or allow. And nothing will ever enter your life that, if you are willing to trust in Him, He cannot work out for your good.

In light of this, how do you typically respond when things are out of your control, when stuff happens you don’t like but can’t do anything about?

When you’re in a jam and you need to ask God for something in prayer — are you aware of whom you’re talking to? The One to whom you pray has power over the entire universe, over every single atom, and yet He is infinitely loving and He cares about you. That’s whom you’re talking to.

That’s also why we worship Him.

God is more powerful, more loving, and more in control than we’ve ever imagined. The more we begin to see God as He longs for us to see Him, the more our prayers will change and our faith will be transformed. We will experience peace like never before. (CHIP INGRAM)

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