God’s Sovereign Love
God’s Sovereign Love
God’s sovereignty is primarily for His glory. We are in Christ Jesus. His glory and our good are linked together. Because we are united with Christ whatever is for His glory is also for our good and whatever is for our good is for His glory. God exercises His sovereignty on our behalf. Ephesians 1:22–23 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Christ reigns over the universe for the benefit of His body, the church. God’s sovereignty is absolute over all earthly or spiritual powers. This includes every detail of our lives. Paul says: this power is exercised by Christ on behalf of the church His body. Our union with Christ guarantees that God’s sovereign power is exercised at all times on our behalf. This does not mean that because we are united with Christ we will not have any adversity in our lives. Scripture teaches just the opposite. These adversities are being controlled by God and used by Him in ways that His wisdom and love dictate. God’s sovereignty when we are united with His love is for the benefit of His children is expressed in another symbol; the Shepherd of His sheep. Isaiah 40:10–11 Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. 11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. This passage of God’s sovereign power and His general care of His sheep is striking.
The arm of the Lord in Scripture is a symbol of His mighty power and strength. The term Shepherd indicates His tender care and constant watchfulness over His sheep. God’s sovereign power and tender care are united for the benefit of His children. This same arm used to exercise power over the universe is also used to gather up His lambs and to bring them close to His heart. This is a picture of God’s love that conveys a faithful and tender Shepherd caring for His lambs. We are carried in the arms of the sovereign God. We dread the sovereignty of men because we have no security of it being exercised in mercy or even justice. We rejoice in the sovereignty of God. It is always exercised for the good of His children. God’s Providence is not only a matter of divine invincibility (unbeatable) and power but of the invincibility and power of His love. This is the comfort – that we stand at the disposal of a merciful heavenly father to whom we can with confidence totally abandon ourselves. He has made an eternal covenant of grace with us He adopts us as His children and His heirs. He will provide us with every good thing and turn it to our profit. The psalmist said: Psalm 119:11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
To murmur against God and to question His goodness is indeed sin. This is an ongoing effort to work at trusting God’s love as we do in obeying His commandments. If we are going to trust God’s love we must store up in our hearts these truths we have looked at in the past; God’s love at Calvary, our union with Christ, the sovereignty of God’s love exercise on our behalf. God’s love is in objective truth that cannot be contradicted. It is a truth we must store away in our minds and hearts.
Then when we are in the midst of adversity we will be able to deal with the doubts and combat the accusations of Satan. The result will be we will glorify God by trusting Him. In our distress we may have to do as the father of the boy did in: Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
What adversity in your life has caused you to doubt God’s love or His sovereignty toward you?