Back then, I bristled at the idea that my diving accident could be a part of God’s will. God’s sovereignty has nothing to do with causing violence, pain, and suffering in the world. We’re on a mission to change that. A statement about God’s sovereignty that was meant to provide comfort had the opposite effect for this commenter. ‘Cause my broken neck’s a tragedy; it’s a terrible, awful accident. In 2013, we saw the Boston Marathon bombing, firefighters dying while trying to save others and then an Indiana bus crash that killed a youth pastor and his pregnant wife. My understanding of the question is not so much what I am saying in public, but what I am feeling in my heart, and how I am relating my compassion to my conviction. James the Apostle recommended a surprising response to troubles: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2–4). God had millions and millions of good and holy purposes in willing that this happened. This message was preached on June 9th, 2019. And the shepherds who were caring for him in the synagogue had the wrong kind of response, because when he got healed they didn’t even rejoice. The promise itself is a testimony to God’s sovereignty. When we understand the sovereignty of God, we are able to fully rest in Him. Joni shares daily inspiration to guide you on your own life’s journey. Knowing that God knows, that God cares, that God hears their prayers, and that God can and will act in His time and way to work even in this for good to His own … that, and nothing less than that conviction, can carry them through. Did I believe He worked all things for good? That is part of the plan. It is going to be in tension with my compassion; feeling compassion and feeling the sovereignty of God in its fullest sense are at odds. He wants us to trust this Jesus. He does not will people harm. THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD. 1. We know that until God is done with us in this life, we are immortal. It’s a question that I wrestled with when I broke my neck. Basically, God’s sovereignty means that He is the Supreme Ruler who immanently and personally rules over all the affairs of the universe—and this includes our personal lives both as individuals and as a local body of believers. Think about the implications of that promise. Because God is grieved over evil. Why would a person feel that? By Greg Forde (guest blogger) Whenever we experience a tragedy, we turn to God for comfort. Sovereignty, in political theory, the ultimate overseer, or authority, in the decision-making process of the state and in the maintenance of order. It was the devil. He wanted to show that Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus were men of courage and godliness because they were willing to take the body and put it in their own tomb. Tragedy 1: Not Enjoying Your Wealth. That seems to be an assumption. While we understand that God has sovereign control over all things, it is important to remember that God is not the source of tragedy. It is true that God is God, and we are not. And the same would be true of everything he wills in this world. And as far as I was concerned, that accident ruined my life. It is awkward to think that God would have had anything to do with the tragedy I now see or experience. Back then, I … These same kinds of testimonies are found in the Bible, perhaps none more profound than the prophet Isaiah’s account of his life-changing encounter with the sovereign Lord. God is so grieved over evil that He sent His only Son to die in order that righteousness and peace, truth and love will prevail, in order that we might escape the clutches of hell and be welcomed into heaven. In other words, tragedy is never God’s perfect will, but always God’s sovereign … Vapor and God’s sovereignty. It sounds to me like one of the assumptions is that if one feels and speaks in his own heart about a building collapsing in Bangladesh, with several hundred people crushed, or even as I am talking today, a mental health facility in Russia burning and 38 mentally ill people being killed, or we may remember the fertilizer plant exploding and dozens dead, or the Boston bombings. God does not … Posts about God’s sovereignty written by a noble contradiction. I think the question is based on some assumptions that I may not share. Acts 10:38 says that Jesus healed all those who were oppressed OF THE DEVIL. Well, hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and that statement alone can make you scratch your head. Jesus loves you, even as the sinners we are! Lolita Jackson had a thriving career in the financial industry and had worked in the Twin Towers for several years. So the point is this. Notwithstanding, God engineered the whole tragedy, using Satan just as He did in Job's day, as well as when the lying spirit persuaded Ahab (I Kings 22:15-28). Don’t draw the irrational, unbiblical conclusion: “Well, therefore, God wants me to feel no outrage over the sin of the bombers in Boston. God permits all sorts of things that He does not approve of. The greatest tragedy in our lives isn't the evil or suffering we experience. We only made it to campus one day this week. 8:28–30), confident that evil will not triumph, and that God’s good plans for his people will be fulfilled. I wouldn’t speak of who caused what, because secondary causation is important and multi-leveled. Nothing happens by accident, not even tragedy, not even sins committed against us. In Christendom, we regard God’s providence as the means by which He brings His sovereignty to pass. The biblical categories of God’s sovereignty lie like landmines in the pages of the Bible waiting for someone to seriously open the book. It usually goes something like this: “I’m sure God has a reason for this.” I get nauseous every time I hear it. The entire world is dealing with and trying to make sense of the Coronavirus pandemic. Explanation: God has promised to take your promotion as well as you demotion, your prosperity as well as your poverty, your tragedy as well as your victory, and use it to accomplish something...read more God tells us throughout scripture that our choices do matter. And I don’t doubt that Jesus wanted 30 years’ worth of kind and faithful parenting from that man’s parents, like he wants from many parents today who have disabled children. Kaleb’s kidney being accidentally removed is a tragedy from a human perspective, but unquestionably a part of God’s larger … Because from the day of His birth, the forces of darkness began plotting against this Babe in the manger. the noble contradiction. It was not God who oppressed them with sickness. As a pastor, I have spent more time than I ever imagined in living rooms and waiting rooms dealing with tragedy. In light of various tragedies in the news, I asked Pastor John a few weeks ago how he personally reconciles what appears to be two conflicting responses when public tragedy occurs: (1) his compassion towards those who suffer and (2) his conviction that Scripture ascribes to God the final control over all calamities and disasters wrought by both nature and man (see Exodus 4:11, Deuteronomy 32:39, 1 Samuel 2:6–7, Ecclesiastes 7:13–14, Isaiah 45:5–7, Lamentations 3:37–38, Amos 3:6, Psalm 135:6–7, Job 1:19–21, 42:11). If God gets His hands on it, it's going to be good. It is God’s plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory. And since compatiblism is true, none of this contradicts the equally biblical teaching that Satan is “the god of this world” (2 Cor. But I am convinced that these verses—rightly interpreted—definitively establish God’s absolute sovereignty over all things. In the second place in verse 7, God’s sovereignty challenges false gods. God meticulously planned each day of Kaleb’s life in such a way that He received maximum glory. Inevitably, someone will say what I believe are some of the most damaging words we can utter in the face of tragedy. No, it pained Him to see me so unhappy. Smile! This moment of tragedy and evil [referring to 9/11] shone its own light on the church and what we came to see was not a happy sight. I. God’s Sovereignty is Revealed by His Titles . And then in the last place in verse 8, God’s sovereignty is a comfort to the believer. Kevin DeYoung – The case for marriage. I think part of God’s will in permitting or ordaining a calamity is that we weep with those who weep. ... God’s sovereignty is not the same thing as fatalism. He does not smile when doctors slip up leaving children with disabling defects. The sovereignty of God refers to His right and power to do whatever he wants to do. If God gets His hands on it, it's going to be good. The sovereignty of God means that as ruler of the Universe, God is free and has the right to do whatever he wants. The Bible verses below are far from exhaustive, and each should be interpreted according to its genre and context. We covered why God’s sovereignty matters for decision making, but I also wanted to cover the topic of trusting God amid tragedy. Posted by Brian G. Najapfour. It says in Acts 4:27 that God predestined what Herod and Pontius Pilate and the Gentiles and the Jews brought to pass when Jesus was crucified. That just doesn’t seem right. Is God possibly saying something to us through this global tragedy? In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about.” The sovereignty of God is asserted, either expressly or implicitly, on almost every page of the Bible. That is crazy. And what is God’s purpose? 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