God is sovereign – this means that God has absolute power and his decisions and actions cannot be wrong. There are a number of passages in the Old and New Testaments that make it very clear that God is Sovereign.
Here are some of those passages:
- Job Chapters 38-41 where God points to his role as creator and challenges whether the understanding or creativity of a mortal human can match his own.
- Isaiah 40:12-28 is somewhat similar to Job 38-41. The sovereignty, majesty and power of God are represented as being completely without equal.
- Jesus’ parable about the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16). This is a passage that reminds us that God’s sovereignty is not only absolute; it can be very uncomfortable. Jesus tells a story in which the owner of the vineyard, clearly representing God, behaves in a manner that seems to human logic to be completely unfair. He pays his workers exactly the same amount whether they have worked all day or whether they have only worked for about an hour. He even pays those who have worked the shortest amount of time first, leaving those who have worked all day until last. Yet he defends his actions by saying that he paid the workers exactly what he said he would pay them. He also asks whether there is any question about his right to do as he likes with his own money.
The important point is that God is absolutely sovereign and human beings will never be able to make sense of all his decisions or identify rules that govern his behaviour. Yet, throughout the history of the church, that is exactly what many Christians have tried to do. Mostly, it is a waste of time. The devil wants us to believe that we can identify the rules or procedures that God follows and the devil wants us to waste our time in trying to do so when we have much more important work to do.
The bottom line is that we need to remember that God is God – and we are not.