Our Responsibility to God’s Sovereignty
Our Responsibility to God’s Sovereignty
The $64,000 question is: what is our responsibility to God’s sovereignty? The other question that we must ask is what does faith have to do with our responsibility?
One thing that we might tell ourselves is since God is sovereign I am not responsible to do anything. I am just along for the ride. Scripture does not go along with this kind of thinking. We can take a look at God’s word to get an indication of what our responsibilities are. For example we could take a look at the book of Job in order to determine Job’s faith.
As we continue to examine God’s word and what He has to say about adversity we get a much deeper understanding of His word. How each of us should grow and become like Jesus Christ. We learn that we must submit to His will and allow the Holy Spirit to control our lives, and allow him to provide insights into God’s word. Allowing the Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen us by our study of God’s word.
In the book of Job we see a living dialogue; something similar to a theatrical play. We get a behind the scene of God’s relationship with the Angels and Satan. The book of Job demonstrates the trials of Job that increase Job’s faith. In Job’s final response to God in the book we see how Job’s faith and humility grows as a result of the adversity that occurred in his life. Job 42:2–6 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ 5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; 6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
All the speakers in the book of Job, including Satan, concur completely that God is sovereign over all events, creatures, and Satan. Nowhere in the book is this fact questioned. At several places in the book, Job does become accusatory. We find Job’s thinking about the sovereignty of God on a much different level of thinking than his friends’ thinking. We find the book of Job difficult to understand, I think primarily because we are thinking about adversity in human terms. Why not think about adversity in terms of how we can benefit from adversity? One of the reasons that we don’t think about it in this way is because it is not easy for us to do that. Adversity causes us to grow in holiness, dependence, perseverance, service, the relationship to our brothers and sisters, and most importantly in our relationship with God.
In the book of Job we find a behind-the-scenes look at the mystery of suffering. Nowhere else in the Bible do we see a view of the interaction between God and Satan. We get a great deal of information about God and heaven in Isaiah, Daniel, and Revelation. But the book of Job is only place where we get the interaction between God and Satan.
In the next few blogs we will consider a number of questions that may cause our faith to decrease. How does our faith endure during times of adversity? Does failure on our part to act prudently frustrate the sovereign plan of God? These are just a few questions that we will be discussing in the next blogs to help each of us increase our faith in God even in times that are very difficult.
I want to leave you with a couple of quotes that will emphasize some of the points that we will be making.
Joe Gibbs – “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Martin Luther King Jr. – “We grow and mature spiritually through adversity – not when everything is going smoothly….In a time of adversity or trouble, the Christian has the opportunity to know God in a special and personal way.”