Back to Basics (Part 1 ): The Sovereignty of God


“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father” (Matthew 10:29)

This morning I thought a lot about the sovereignty of God. It started with thinking about books and how many awful ones are published each and every day. I was thinking about how sad it is that so many people are instilled with such crap  erroneous and perverse ideas via those books, and it hit me that God allows those books to be written…and published…and read. In fact He (dare I say it?) ordains that everything related to those books happens. Just like He ordained the  fall of man, ordained the cross, and ordained every inkling of suffering that penetrates our lives this side of glory. And no, none of that makes God a moral monster, but that’s  another post for another time.

What really hit me today was the sovereignty of God over every word on every page of every book ever written… and the sovereignty of God over the physics behind the motions of the hands that typed those pages. The sovereignty of God over every miniscule particle that was present in those moments that they were being written and not only His sovereignty over them, but His divine purpose for each and every one. Now I know that might sound a little over-the-top at first, like maybe I’m just saying that in order to fulfill my seemingly insatiable Calvinist desire for this post. But keep in mind that  “he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3) and “he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).  To paraphrase my man Spurgeon, “If there is but one wayward atom in the universe, then Christ would cease to be Christ.”

This should amaze us and cause us to worship. Can you even imagine a force that big… something that holds everything in the universe together? Now dwell on the fact that it is not a mere force that does this but a person, the God-Man Jesus Christ. And he doesn’t do so without purpose. Everything that happens happens for the glory of God. He orchestrates “all things according to the purpose of His will”, including not only salvation, sanctification, and all the other glorious truths of the gospel, but also each and every leaf that falls, every car engine that revs, and every bacteria that causes the common cold. I’m a firm believer that we live in the best possible universe (see John Piper on being a seven-point Calvinist), and this means that whatever happens is whatever could have possibly given the Lord the most glory and made us, His people, most happy in Him. What a ridiculous (and by ridiculous I mean mind-blowing) thing to think about. If the universe were in a sense “put together” in any other way, the Lord wouldn’t get as much glory as He does now. What wisdom this demands from it’s author! And what a sweet peace this brings to the believer when he or she realizes the power that controls every molecule in our quite-possibly ever-expanding universe is also the power that controls his every step and most certainly every perilous or desperate circumstance that befalls him. That is true comfort.

So as you sit and read this post, I admonish you to think much on the sovereignty of God. His sovereignty over your eyes as they look at the screen, over the electrical impulses that keep your screen lit and running, and over the neurons that are doing all sorts of crazy things that allow your brain to comprehend these words. It’s really cool, really humbling, and really honoring to the Lord Creator God.

“May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works … I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.” (Psalm 104:31, 33)

*For more on the sovereignty of God and why it matters, see questions 27 and 28 of the Heidelberg Catechism.


About arh0003

Constant sinner in need of grace. Armchair theologian. Reformed. Auburn University Alum. Member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Eldest of five children. Lover of reading, writing, dancing, the color green, and all things coffee.

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