Friday, 15 February 2013

What I feel about God's Sovereignty

I feel about God's sovereignty the way Jonathan Edwards felt about it. I find it a sweet comforting doctrine that God's omnipotent hands is in every grand event and in every minuscule occurrence. God's providence directs all the ways of men although they know it not, yet providence leads the blind by a way that they know not. Many have reasons to doubt the absolute sovereignty of God in all things especially when it comes to those things which have caused many to detached God from this immoral universe. But as for me, as I read scripture I see the clear hands of God in all things even in those woes which causes men to mourn the existence of a seemingly disastrous universe. But I see as with Joseph that it was not his brothers who sent him to Egypt but God (Gen 45:5,8). Jacob was incompetent to direct his own way, he was blind to the future misfortunes of his kinsmen due to the famine which would have erased their existence. But God was wise to it and seeing this event which we must say He himself was the authour of, directed young Joseph's feet until it found its rest as the second hand of Pharaoh. I submit to this providence and sovereignty, although I do not know much of God's secret counsel yet I know this, namely that God means it all for good and His glory and therefore He is not guilty of sin. There are no objections in my mind concerning this truth and the more I contemplate its vastness the more in love I fall with God, my Father, His Son and Spirit. I know what many will now say, throwing rocks at this impenetrable truth, but I will not be mad and impatience but will turn my words to the heart of heaven praying this, that many may come to have the mind of Christ who uttered 'Are not two sparrow sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And all that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out' Matthew 10:29 and John 6:37.

This is what Jonathan Edwards felt about |God's sovereignty:

From childhood up, my mind had been full of objections against the doctrine of God’s sovereignty, in choosing whom he would to eternal life, and rejecting whom he pleased; leaving them eternally to perish, and be everlastingly tormented in hell. It used to appear like a horrible doctrine to me. But I remember the time very well, when I seemed to be convinced, and fully satisfied, as to this sovereignty of God, and his justice in thus eternally disposing of [dealing with] men, according to his sovereign pleasure. But never could give an account, how, or by what means, I was, thus convinced, not in the least imagining at the time, nor a long time after, that there was any extraordinary influence of God’s Spirit in it but only that now I saw further, and my reason apprehended the justice and reasonableness of it. However, my mind rested in it; and it put an end to all those cavils and objections. And there has been a wonderful alteration in my mind, in respect to the doctrine of God's sovereignty, from that day to this; so that I scarce ever have found so much as the rising of an objection against it, in the most absolute sense, in God’s shewing mercy to whom he will show mercy, and hardening whom he will. God’s absolute sovereignty and justice, with respect to salvation and damnation, is what my mind seems to rest assured of, as much as of any thing that I see with my eyes, at least it is so at times. The doctrine has very often appeared exceeding pleasant, bright, and sweet. Absolute sovereignty is what I love to ascribe to God. (Jonathan Edwards, Selections [New York: Hill and Wang, 1962], pp. 58-59).


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