When we disagree with or refuse to realize the sovereignty of God, we have deceived ourselves and the truth is not in us. This type of action is a direct assault on the God who created everyone and directs everything.
- Who are we to ask this type of question?
- Who are we to wrestle with God?
- Who are we to cast a dark shadow on the will of God?
- Who are we to question the motivation of God?
- Who are we to dig deep into the heart of God and understand Him?
- Who are we to rebel against the reason of God?
- Who are we to be discontent with what God has chosen to do to us, through us or beside us?
These questions are natural for a person who:
- Has dethroned God from the epicenter of their life.
- Has become a god unto thyself.
- Refuses to see the weight of God and the sin of man.
- Neglects to see the obvious and is blinded perpetually.
The God of the bible says the following when it comes to dealing with people who question his activity and put under scrutiny his sovereignty.
- I have called you by name, you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)
- Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! (Isaiah 45:9)
- Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles’? (Isaiah 45:9)
- But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)
- Who are you, O man, to answer back to God. (Rom. 9:20)
- Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? (Rom. 9:21)
All of these proclamations have a common thread that is interwoven throughout:
God is God and we are not.
It is a simple truth to proclaim but a difficult truth to live out. We must believe in the sovereignty of God in order for us to be content with the activity of God. We must trust in the Lord of the work in order for us to be satisfied in the work of the Lord.
Because God is perfect, He cannot and will not make a mistake. Whatever He wills to come to pass, will eventually occur and it will work for His pleasure, rending Him glory, regardless of our understanding of it.
Here are six things we need to do when we are tempted to question the work of God or put under serious scrutiny the will of God:
- Understand that if God put you in it, he will get you through it.
- Recognize that God wants to do a great work in you before He will do a great work through you.
- Realize the plans and purposes of God are not all the time crystal clear for us to understand.
- Trust in the sovereignty of God and in His capability to guide, shape and direct the events in your life.
- Delight in the fact that all of the promises and purposes of God find their Yes in Christ Jesus. (1 Cor. 1:20)
- Rejoice with God in that He is neither ignoring your situation nor demonstrating even the slightest degree of indifference to your pain and frustration.
We were created by a good God who does everything for the good of those who He created. We must delight in the difficult time of our life, because we worship a God who comes alongside of us to accompany us during the tumultuous time in our life.
We do not live as people who have no hope. We have a living hope in the finished work of our Savior Jesus Christ. At the Cross of Calvary, Jesus declared that “It is finished.” (Jn. 19:30). We rejoice in this declaration because it is the absolute ground of our salvation.
We believe in the sovereignty of God because it pleased Him to bruise the Son so that we would be saved through the Son (Isa. 53:10). This is the hope we can live with and live in light of.
Question: How do you help hurting people who are questioning the work of God? How have you personally found contentment with what God has directed to come to pass in your life?