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| The Sovereignty of God|
Arthur W. Pink
Chapter 10 - Out Attitude Toward God's Sovereignty
May 28, 2017
Hello to another beautiful day that has been given to us by God! Today we continue our book, The Sovereignty of God, by the author Arthur W. Pink. And we look at chapter 10, Our Attitude Toward God’s Sovereignty.
As per usual, the author begins the chapter by providing us with a verse coming from Matthew 11:26
“Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight.” (Matthew 11:26)
As the title of this chapter can suggest, for this chapter we look at some practical applications to ourselves with the great truths we have learned in earlier chapters. In chapter twelve we will look into detail the value of this doctrine but for this chapter we will consider the attitude we should have towards the sovereignty of God.
Some we should know is that every truth given to us in the Bible is not only to educate us but to also inspire us. The Bible has been given to us not to settle any curiosity but to move the souls of those who read it. Similarly, the sovereignty of God is something more than just abstract principles but is designed to motivate in us a godly fear, which is known to promote righteous living. A true recognition of God’s sovereignty should humble us before anything else and it certainly will humble us once we fully realize it. It will cause us to get rid of our own self-will and make us delight in the sight and actions done by our heavenly Father’s will.
When we talk about the sovereignty of God, we mean much more than just God exercising His power. Rather, the sovereignty of God shows the Godhood of God. In its fullest and deepest meaning the title of this book signifies the very character and being of the One whose pleasure is performed and who will is always executed. To truly recognize the sovereignty of God is to gaze upon God Himself. It is to come into the presence of the God Most High and to see His excellent glory. The effects of such a sight may be learned from the Scriptures that describe the experience of different people who obtained a view of God.
When we view the experience of Job, the one whom the Lord Himself said, “There is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that fears God, and stays away from evil.” (Job 1:8) At the close of the book that bears his name we see Job in God’s presence and we read of Job’s reaction in Job 42:5-6: “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” A mere sight of God, revealed in His awesome majesty, caused Job to hate himself, and to also lower himself before God. Similarly to Isaiah, when viewing Gob on His high throne, lowered himself into the dust before God. Again, with Daniel, when God shows up to him in human form “clothed in linen” and with loins “girded with fine gold”, which was symbolic of holiness and Divine glory, Daniel lowers his whole body to ground. From the very Scriptures we can see that at the sight of our Lord, the creature’s strength withers up and man is made humble into the dust before his Maker.
So what should be our attitude towards God?
One, it should contain Godly fear. In today’s time, the general people are unconcerned about spiritual and eternal things, and they are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Why does it seem, and is reality, that people are less caring about their soul and more caring about the material? And to an even higher degree, more and more people proudly and publicly go against God. Why is this? Romans 3:18 read, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Christian people are also not exempt from this generalization. More and more Christians are quick to challenge God and to raise their belief higher than the one whom they profess to believe in. And this is all because they don’t know God and they don’t know Him. Proverbs 1:7 clearly tells us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Many years ago, another name for Christians was a “God-fearing man.” But no longer is that the case for neither Christians nor for the general public.
When we speak of godly fear, we do not mean the fear that prevails among the heathen in connection with their gods. What we mean is the spirit that Jehovah has pledged to bless us with, a spirit that the prophet referred when he said, “To this man will I 9the Lord) look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My Word!” (Isaiah 66:2) It was this the apostle had in view when he wrote, “Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17) And nothing brings this godly fear like a recognition of the sovereignty of God.
Secondly, we are to be obedient. A sight of God leads to a realization of our littleness and nothingness, and brings to us a sense of dependency and of casting ourselves upon God. This is our antidote from God for the evil nature of our hearts. Naturally, we are filled with a sense of self-importance, concerning our own greatness and self-sufficiency. We are creatures of God who are very proud and rebellious. And so, the only way we may correct this evil and selfish nature of ours is to gaze upon the Mighty God, for like Isaiah, Job, and Daniel, we will be humbled and He is the only one who can do it. We will either glory either in ourselves or in God. We will live either to serve and please ourselves, or we will seek to serve and please our Lord. No one can serve two masters.
If we hold true reverence, it will certainly produce and promote obedience. To realize that the Holy Scripture are a revelation from God, communicating to us His mind and defining for us His will, is the first step toward practical godliness. To recognize that the Bible is God’s Word, and that its precepts are the precepts of the Almighty, this will cause us to cry and see how awful it is of us to have been ignoring them. Once the sovereignty of God is understood and accepted, this will bring about our obedience to Him.
Thirdly, it should bring about our entire resignation. A true recognition of God’s sovereignty will exclude all complaining. This is self-evident, yet the thought deserves to be looked upon. It is natural to complain against afflictions and losses. It is natural to complain when we are deprived of things that we want. We regard our possessions as ours unconditionally and we feel that we do something we deserve a certain result. But when disappointment, bankruptcy, death, comes, the instinct of the human heart is to cry out against God. But for those who recognized God’s sovereignty, there is no murmuring, but, instead, aa bowing to the Divine will, and an acknowledgement that He has not afflicted as harshly as we actually deserve.
A full understanding of God’s sovereignty will accept God’s perfect right to do with us as He wills. The one who bows to the pleasure of the Almighty will acknowledge His absolute right to do with us as He seems good. If He chooses to send poverty, sickness, and even physical pains, we shall say, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right!” Often times we will struggle from when we are learning this and when it actually occurs. Regardless, however, we are to forever realize that God is always in control, He is always there for His best interests, and that He will do as He seems fit.
Lastly, understanding the sovereignty of God will bring us a deep thankfulness, joy, and sincere worship. It will not be a depraved bow to the inevitable but a bow of gratitude and joy, all done in worship. We, Christians, shall be like the Psalmist instead, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name!” Regardless of whether things go our way or the high way, we are to always bring praise to His beautiful name.
Too often Christians are quick to turn to God when things go well, and turn against Him when things go wrong. When things go wrong, for a real Christian, our faith is resting on the Word. And in the Word, in Romans 8:28, it reads, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” And therefore faith will bring us to give thanks “always for all things.” If we have real faith, even in tough times, we can sing of His beautiful name. If we have real faith, even the tough times, will bring us closer to God and bring us praising and worshiping His beautiful name ever so much louder! This concludes chapter 10, Our Attitude Towards God’s Sovereignty.
1) How does God's Sovereignty motivate or inspire us?
2) What should be our attitudes toward God? Do we have such an attitude towards God now? (If not, how can we change that?)
3) What is "godly fear" ?