The Sovereignty of God
Arthur W. Pink
“Who is regulating affairs on this earth today—God or the Devil? That God reigns supreme in Heaven is generally conceded; that He does so over the world is almost universally denied—if not directly, then indirectly (Introduction—page 11).” “Not only is it denied that God created everything by personal and direct action, but few believe that He has any immediate concern in regulating the works of His own hands (page 11).”
As we try to sort out history and the present, do you believe there is a Devil or Satan? It’s certainly not politically correct to believe in a force and power of evil. That could be part of the reason America is falling apart. We really don’t read the Scripture nor do we believe it. What confusion and chaos confronts us on every side!
Pink said, in 1918-1949 that, “Ours is peculiarly an age of irreverence, and as the consequence, the spirit of lawlessness, which brooks no restraint and which is desirous of casting off everything which interferes with the free course of self-will, is rapidly engulfing the earth like some giant tidal wave (page 13).” Can you believe he wrote that over one hundred years ago? What would he think about today’s lawlessness?
Does that statement sound familiar? Does that sound like America in the past year?
Without a doubt the world is in crisis, and some wonder how did we get here? We got here because we are on God’s timetable as He moves history forward according to His schedule. The shock of COVID-19 woke up some people across the globe, but certainly not all.
Much of humanity still wanders around in a daze, not recognizing there is a God nor caring!
For people who believe in Jesus, we need to “fear not!” “All things” are subject to His immediate control; “all things” are moving in accord with His eternal purpose, and therefore, “all things” are “working together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose (page 15).”
“Life is a profound problem, and we are surrounded by mystery on every side (page 15).”
To close with a powerful thought about faith, Pink states, “Faith endures as seeing Him who is invisible (Hebrews 11:27); endures the disappointments, the hardships, and the heart-aches of life, by recognizing that all comes from the hand of Him who is too wise too err and too loving to be unkind (page 16).”
O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.
1 Chronicles 29:10-11
The purpose for mentioning the Sovereignty of God is to help ground us through the turbulent months ahead. We can expect a hot, intense time of volatile emotions and conflict. Expect the darkness to get darker and the light to become brighter. God is and has been drawing the battle lines between good and evil.
On which side will you stand?
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