God’s sovereignty is a precious reality.
Now chances are this truth didn’t seem too precious when it first confronted you. The natural, fallen response to hearing we aren’t the ones in control is to white-knuckle our will and refuse to bow. Humans tend to like the idea that we are the captains of our own destinies. Motivational glib like that will pack out self-help seminars. But sooner or later, and hopefully sooner, we learn how bankrupt it all is. We are not in charge, and that’s a good thing.
Any peace and hope we have in our lives right now can be traced back to the fact that God alone is God, that he is the sovereign power behind everything. And this has future-creating wonder. God’s sovereignty, John Piper explains, is not mainly a theological problem with the past, but an invincible hope for tomorrow.
God’s sovereignty means the good he intends for his children will not be deterred. This means we can face anything. All his promises to us will be fulfilled. Pastor John lists nine such promises.
By the blood of his Son, God has promised infallibly…
- I will meet all your needs according to my riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
- My power will be made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
- I will strengthen you and help you and hold you up with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
- I will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
- I will not let any testing befall you for which I do not give you grace to bear (1 Corinthians 10:13).
- I will take the sting away from your death with the blood of my son (1 Corinthians 15:55f).
- I will raise you from the dead imperishable (1 Corinthians 15:52).
- I will transform your lowly body to be like my glorious body, by the power that enables me even to subject all things to myself (Philippians 3:21).
- I will do this without fail because I am absolutely sovereign over everything and therefore, I can do all things, and no purpose of mine can be thwarted (Job 42:2).
This list is adapted from the sermon When Jesus Meets Disability.