From the beginning God had already decided between Esau and Jacob. God’s decision was not based on what they did but rather on what God wanted and who He had chosen. Romans 9:14 says “If I want to be kind to someone, I will. And I will take pity on anyone I want to.”
This is one of the most difficult and controversial passage of Scriptures, but this is very foundational tackling one of the most important attribute of God – His Sovereignity. God’s sovereignity means that He is in complete control of everything – big and small have been predetermined. But understanding this very attribute of God can help us in our Christian walk – our acceptance or non-acceptance of this attribute can actually make or break our walk. This is part and parcel of the glory of God.
Glory is defined as great splendor, magnificence and prosperity — But what does it mean when we say glory of God?
Glory is God’s outmost desire. The entire bible is about God getting the glory. Glory from picking a handful of people from all mankind so they would recognize who He is and give glory to Him. So in essence, the glory of God is the “Wow!” people say when they see the splendor and magnificence of God’s creation, thereby concluding that there is a great, almighty and glorious God. Like the rest of creation, we can declare the glory of God – when people see us, do they see the great things. . . the “wow” in our lives so that they can see there is a great and mighty God? Unfortunately many times people do not see the glory in our lives because they do not see God’s transforming power in our lives.
Let us learn a lesson from the rest of creation. . . they simply reflect what God does with them, they are living out the purposes for which God created them? They do not resist God, and just let God be God to them, for God to do as He pleases and planned with them. God created them for a reason and they just do what God created them to do. . . without any resistance. . . without question. . . without hesitation. They live out the very purpose for which God created them. This is what creation does – they LET GOD BE GOD. . . and as a result the glory of God is seen in them.
Unfortunately we do not yield as easily to God’s purposes for us like the rest of creation – why? Because we are creatures of control. We like to be the one calling the shots, to be in control of our own lives. By nature we are selfish and proud. . . enslaved by our sin. Romans 6:23 reminds us that “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” And because of this sinfulness we fall short of the glory of God. We need to understand that God is the one in control of everything and not us. God is absolutely sovereign.
The sad thing is, we do not want a God who is in complete control of us. We want and demand free will . . . and make selfish choices. We would rather have a god of our own design, one who caters to what we want, a god that we can manage. And because of this refusal to accept God’s sovereignity that we end up rebelling and disobeying. . . and we sin. Over and over again.
We want to manipulate God so that we can only what we need . . . if we need blessings, if we need to be forgiven of our sins. . . but let let God take the reins and control our lives. . . we do not want that.
We continue to deny the absolute control or sovereignity of God. . . then when everything falls apart we blame God and say He is unable to deliver on His promises to blame us and make us happy. Romans 9:6-24 says “well then, has God failed to fulfill His promises to the Jews? No! for these promises are only to those who are truly Jews. And not everyone born into a Jewish family is truly a Jew! Just the fact that they come from Abraham doesn’t make them truly Abraham’s children.”
If we want God’s glory to shine in your life the first thing we should do is to accept God’s absolute control and sovereignity. This is the reality. Without sovereignty God can not be God. If there is one molecule that God does not control, then God ceases to be God. God is in control of everything. Whatever it is that we are facing right now, this is something we constantly have to bear in mind – God is in control. He has not forgotten us, He is not turning a blind eye or deaf ear on us. He knows exactly what we are going through . . . He is in perfect control and he wants us to understand something – that He is God and He is in control.
We have to let God be God. . . Let us embrace this fact – that God is Sovereign.
But what does that mean? This means that God initiates, follows through and realizes His purpose in His timing and ways. Meaning that he does what he pleases, when He pleases, how He pleases and with whoever he pleases according to His purpose and plans. And this also means that we do not have a say in it. Everything that happens has been ordained and pre-destined. Every single occurrence in the world from births, to marriages, to natural disaster, to accidents, to acts of war. . . every single event in the world has been ordained and pre-destined. . . whether good or bad. . . God has a purpose behind every problem. (Rick Warren) each and every problem – God knows and allowed all things to happen.
As much as we want to take control of our situations because of our selfish desires and prideful orientation. . . we have to accept and admit – we are not in control. Only God is in control. He is completely, 100% perfectly in control of all things in the universe.
If we let God be God in our lives. . . if we let go and let God. . .
. . . we become fully surrendered to obey God in all He commands including those that are not easy to obey, those commands that demands selflessness and humility from you.
. . . if we let go and be God. . . we will be blessed as you will see God keep His promise and covenant with you.
It may be difficult to understand. . . in fact there are many things in the bible that are paradoxical and seemingly conflicting but this does not mean that it isn’t true. They are true but there are just some things that are beyond us and we will never truly understand. Deuteronomy 29:29 says “There are secrets the Lord your God has not revealed to us, but these words that he has revealed are for us and our children to obey forever.”
We may never truly understand God’s sovereign plan. . . but we know God and we know He can be trusted.