Our Joy and God’s Sovereignty

“Joy is perfected only in acceptance of the total sovereignty of God!”

Words and thoughts like “if only” reveal a non-acceptance of God’s sovereignty. Why did one thing happen instead of another thing?

This thought would be fatalistic if you believe man does not really have free will. But, God made man with free will which gives us a choice. The choice is “God’s will” or “my will”.

Any person, even a professing and committed Christian, can choose his own will over God’s.

But, what about those things that happen where we have no choice? Can those things be according to God’s Sovereign will? Yes!

If we can accept and fully believe Romans 8:28,  (NKJV)
28  “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

The question then is,”do we really know and believe that or just accept it because it is in God’s word?  It is not the easiest thing to believe. It goes against what we think God “ought to be like”. That is, if God loves me, why doesn’t He let things happen that I think are good?

It all comes down to what we believe about the Sovereignty of God. Is it total sovereignty or is He sovereign only to the extent that we let Him be sovereign. Which brings us back to our first statement about “Joy”. If our joy is based only on our circumstances, then we struggle when our circumstances are very uncomfortable.

Can we experience joy in spite of our circumstances? Habakkuk seems to think so.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (KJV)

17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:

18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Habakkuk believed joy prevails beyond our circumstances.

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