God’s Sovereignty

Well, it’s about that time.

Writing away has allowed me to loosen up a bit. The first five posts were essentially in my mind already. Writing those posts out and completing them was relieving to say the least! Upon finishing the first few posts, I’ve retreated back to learning instead of sharing. I took a break from writing and went back to reading more.

This is the way I work. I read, read, read, then write a little. It’s probably going to be this way for you followers. This past couple of weeks, I read through three helpful books recommended to me, and the book of Exodus. Now, it’s time to write a little bit.

The Sovereignty of God (Click title to view book) by Arthur W. Pink. Enough said. No, but really, I liked this book a lot. It is here that I grew greatly in my understanding of God’s sovereignty.

I lean heavily towards the reformers—reformed thinkers, reformed pastors, reformed baristas, reformed photographers, reformed mechanics, everyone reformed. Pink’s book was very reformed.

Taking this post as an opportunity for me to intrinsically endeavor on a misty Colorado trail around Bear Lake towards a complete teaching of God’s sovereignty would be a disaster. I’m not your guy—but I have one really profound truth to share here with you.

By the way, how do you like that title I used? God’s Sovereignty. Real creative.

People have tirelessly debated about whether or not man has free will. Honestly, both sides have their Bible verses. It’s truly an exhausting mystery. We could go ’round and ’round. Regardless, the thing I really want to share and elaborate on for a minute is this: God is sovereign over the heart of man.

Reading the entire Bible, especially Exodus, you can see that it’s plain and simple—no one/thing rules God. My choices don’t rule God, but are under his governing. Sin does not rule over God. He is supreme. There is no law above God. God is a law unto himself. God does whatever he pleases within his perfect will. All things are for his eternal glory.

Now, I’m a student. I’m not trying to throw you some sort of false humility garbage, but hear me. There’s more for me to learn. You may have some helpful, edifying things for me about what I’m about to say.

Walking through Exodus, reading, “But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said to Moses,” (Ex. 9:12) many times really made me think. More than once, we read about God hardening Pharaoh’s heart.

How could God do this to Pharaoh? God could spare the later heartache. Why doesn’t God, since he is love, just give everyone a new, soft, heart of flesh to receive his Word?

I don’t know. But his ways are perfect and he does what he wants.

For the believer, the sovereignty of God is the most encouraging thing ever. Nothing can snatch us out of his hand (John 10:28). Nothing can break the Holy Spirit’s seal on us (Eph. 1:13). We are set!

For the unbeliever, this is the most devastating thing ever. If God has desired to prepare some vessels for destruction, who are we to complain against him (Rom. 9:22)? But as it is, God will have mercy on whomever he wills, and will harden whomever he wills (Rom. 9:18).

Both sides should fear the Lord—for he is MIGHTY.

Arthur W. Pink makes a few good points regarding free will:
[1]”Human philosophy insists that it is the will which governs the man, but the Word of God teaches that it is the heart which is the dominating center of being.”
(He then uses Prov. 4:23; Mark 7:21; Matt. 15:8 for support)

[2]”The will is not sovereign; it is a servant, because influences and controlled by the other faculties of man’s being. The sinner is not a free agent because he is a slave of sin—this was clearly implied in our Lord’s words, ‘If the Son shall therefore make you free, ye shall be free indeed’ (John 8:36).”

[3]”If further proof were required we might call attention to the fact that the word ‘heart’ is found in the Bible more than three times oftener than is the word ‘will,’ even though nearly half of the references to the latter refer to God’s will!”

With these thoughts in mind, Pink would argue that man’s heart is more powerful than his will, and God clearly governs the heart of man. Please go read this book. Pink has so much to say.

Not only must we grasp the fact that salvation is a free gift given to us, but also that God is sovereign over the heart of man. He is above all else. A few of these thoughts may not be new to you at all, maybe they all are. Depends on who you are. This revelation given to us is something I am thinking on and searching through Scripture. I want to understand it more clearly if the Lord will permit me.

Please feel free to connect with me for further discussion. Peace.

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[1] Arthur W. Pink. The Sovereignty of God. Wilder Publications (2008), pg 106.
[2] Ibid, pg 110.
[3] Ibid, pg 106.