Monday, May 14, 2012

The Sovereign Authority of A Loving God

 I am the Lord, and there is no other,

    besides me there is no God;
     I equip you, though you do not know me,
that people may know, from the rising of the sun
    and from the west, that there is none besides me;
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form light and create darkness,
    I make well-being and create calamity,
    I am the Lord, who does all these things.

-Isaiah 45:5-7


God is "sovereign"

He is THE authority. He asks no permission nor consults any higher. He is NOT swayed by anything outside of His own perfect will. He reserves the right to use us any way He sees fit; to suit "His will" without necessarily asking our opinion or giving notification. We bend to His needs, not He our own. If He meets our need it is simply, and firstly, His will to begin with. It is His love nature that causes Him to give thought to us.

He is NOT selfish. He reserves the right to form and create anything He desires, or destroy anything He desires. If He chooses to be selfish ...He cannot be wronged for it. However, His word indicates that He chose selflessness.

He is "just"

He is NOT a heartless dictator …or He wouldn't even bother "justifying" Himself as "just". He owes no explanation, nor justification, otherwise. His live nature causes Him to demonstrate Himself to us. "The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9) "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

He is "Lord"

He is NOT our servant or personal genie. He reserves no "right" of anything. He doesn't need to. To even think in terms of God having "rights" would show our arrogance, or at least our short-sightedness of "Who" He is!! He doesn't have to inherit "rights". He is RIGHTEOUS exemplified. He is RIGHTEOUSNESS exemplified. He does NOT have to answer to us, nor excuse Himself before us.


God hears us and uses the unlikely to fulfill His perfect and sovereign will. He loves us and by His own grace-filled nature, chose to redeem us, regardless that while we were sinners Christ died for us.