When the storms of life wreak havoc on all you know and love, what theological truths anchor your soul? What doctrines do you turn to when the world around you seems to give way under your feet? What truths about God bring you the most comfort when life is uncertain and nothing makes any sense? Though all of God's word is essential for us to read, learn, memorize, and study, and though all of God's word teaches us all that we need to know to weather the storms of life, there is one theological truth that stands out in times of trial and suffering. There is one doctrine that brings everything into perspective and provides comfort and rest for our weary souls.
The sovereignty of God.
To be sovereign means to have supreme power or authority. Kings are considered sovereign rulers over their nation. The United States is considered a sovereign nation because it governs and rules itself apart from any other foreign power or authority. God is the supreme sovereign because he is Creator and sustainer of all things. He is ruler over the cosmos and over every living thing. "The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all" (Psalm 103:19). God is sovereign over his creation.
- "I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things." (Isaiah 45:7)
- "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father." (Matthew 10:29)
He is sovereign over the affairs of mankind, including rulers and authorities.
- "The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will." (Proverbs 21:1)
- "The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." (Proverbs 16:9)