Over the last several weeks I’ve been working to form messages that articulate the “big picture” attributes of God for our sermon series Between the Trees. This week we look at God’s sovereignty. He is the God who directs. He is the God who rules. It’s almost an overpowering aspect of God’s character to tackle in a single sermon, but I’ll do my best. Thankfully this attribute of God seems to come out in many sermons, as the text of Scripture is packed with this reality. Our text this week will be Isaiah 40 (yes, we’re going to attempt to take on the entire 31-verse chapter).
It seems like every facet of God’s character is beautiful, life-transforming, and overwhelming all at the same time. It’s impossible to play them against each other or to choose what aspect of Him is best. Everything about God is so supreme, superior, and surpassingly magnificent that our attempts to grasp Him often leave us drowning in our deficiency for the task. Yet as I’ve been studying God’s sovereignty this week I am reminded of how much I love this aspect of God. God’s “Godness” is so evident when we saturate ourselves in the Scriptural witness of His sovereignty.
To know that God is in control, that He is in charge, and that His ultimate rule over all things can never be challenged should bring so much peace to the life of the Christian. To know that “in all things” He is working for our good and His glory, what could be better than that?
Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
I love this quote from Puritan Thomas Watson:
To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things which fall out shall co-operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over.