God’s Sovereign Decree of All Things Past, Present and Future

5 10 2007

God is Sovereign!!!

God rules over all created things, all time, all history – past, present and future. No purpose or plan or action of mankind or of any created being can thwart His divine purpose. He carries out all that He has planned or decreed for His glory. He is God, and we are not. We people are part of His creation, and we need to worship and serve the Sovereign God and Creator. To Him be the glory in all things forever and ever. Amen!

God’s sovereign decree over all creation, time and powers is a source of great peace and comfort for Christians. However, even those who hold this belief in God’s sovereignty will likely have to deal with challenging questions and issues in their lives. When injustice, suffering, illness, unexpected lose of life, dire circumstances, catastrophy and calamity, and the seeming triumph of evil people occur, those of us who believe in God’s sovereignty have difficulty in providing palatable apologetic explanations to other people or even to ourselves regarding the question – “Why did God allow this to happen?

We have to continue to cling steadfastly to and trust in the Lord God by faith through whatever challenges life may bring. We may eventually understand the whys and wherefores of the evils and disappointments of this life, but it may be in heaven in many cases rather than on this side of eternity. We have the assurance that God’s sovereign decree is being worked out, and that His plan is the best plan of all the plans that could possibly have been.

God, please help me in saying this and in trusting You and Your sovereignty throughout the days of my life.

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Christians have the promises of His word the Bible to trust in. As Scripture states, God has a purpose and a plan for our lives…..

Romans 8:28-32

“(28) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (29) For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; (30) and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (31) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (32) He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”

In humble acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty we need to agree with the Scriptures in saying…

Isaiah 55:8-9 “(8) For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

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In the book The Attributes of God (2001, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan), Scottish Pastor/Teacher A. W. Pink addresses the subject of The Decrees of God (Chapter 2): http://www.pbministries.org/books/pink/Attributes/attrib_02.htm

Following are some exerpts (with editorial comments and section headings added by myself):

A. God made One Sovereign Decree for All Time and Eternity

B. God’s Decree in Regards to Good and Evil

C. God Decreed Every Detail – Nothing has been left to random chance

D. God’s Decrees are “Absolute and Unconditional”

E. Both God’s Decrees and Mankind’s Responsibility Hold True

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11 12 2007
Kim T

I have come to this posting thankful and tired. I have done much searching this afternoon to find a biblically based, God-exalting writing on the reality that not one thing exists that did not pre exist in the mind of God before the foundation of the world, and that He is Sovereign in all things at all times and has always been and ever will be.

There are some things I am trying to understand about God.




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