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Is God in

Co ntrol ?
Part 2
“For to know You is complete
righteousness, and to know
your power is the root of
immortality.”
Wisdom of Solomon 15:3
“forced to choose
between a good God
who is not totally
powerful or a powerful
God who is not totally
good.”
“God wants the
righteous to live
peaceful, happy lives
but sometimes even He
can’t bring that about.
It is too difficult for God
to keep cruelty and
chaos from claiming
their innocent victims.”
The Sovereig nt y of G od

“Because God does not act as we


think He should, we conclude that
He cannot act as we think He
would”
Pantoc rator = Cont rol le r
of A ll

“It is He who sits


above the circle of
the earth, and its
inhabitants are like
grasshoppers, who
stretches out the
heavens like a
curtain” Isaiah
40:22
Pantoc rator = Cont rol le r
of A ll

“He heals the


brokenhearted and
binds up their
wounds. He counts
the number of the
stars; He calls them
all by name.” Psalm
147:3-4
Pantoc rator = Cont rol le r
of A ll

“…He who is the


blessed and only
Potentate, the King
of kings and Lord of
lords, who alone has
immortality, dwelling
in unapproachable
light…” 1 Timothy
6:15-16
At ALL times and in ALL
circumstances, my life is
FULLY in the Hand of God
At ALL times and in ALL
circumstances, my life is
FULLY in the Hand of God

“He will not let your foot slip—he who


watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will
neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm
121:3-4
At ALL times and in ALL
circumstances, my life is
FULLY in the Hand of God

“Are not two sparrows sold for a


copper coin? And not one of them falls
to the ground apart from your Father’s
will. But the very hairs of your head
are all numbered. Do not fear
therefore; you are of more value than
many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
His sovereignty is always
working, but it is not always
apparent.

See Acts 12:1-7


His sovereignty is always
working, but it is not always
apparent.

“I form the light and create darkness, I


make peace and create calamity; I, the
LORD, do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7
His sovereignty is always
working, but it is not always
apparent.

“Who is he who speaks and it comes to


pass, when the Lord has not
commanded it? Is it not from the mouth
of the Most High that woe and well-
being proceed?” Lamentations 3:37-38
Trust ing God ’s
Sovere ignt y
• The circumstances of my life
are not random/accidental

• Even the evil that comes is


held firmly in the mighty hand
of God

• God is personally writing my


life story by His sovereign
Trust ing God ’s
Sovere ignt y
• The circumstances of my life
are not random/accidental
Trust ing God ’s
Sovere ignt y
• The circumstances of my life
are not random/accidental

“But as for you, you meant evil


against me; but God meant it for
good, in order to bring it about as it
is this day, to save many people
alive.” Genesis 50:20
Trust ing God ’s
Sovere ignt y
• The circumstances of my life
are not random/accidental

“The LORD is my light and my


salvation; whom shall I fear? The
LORD is the strength of my life; of
whom shall I be afraid? When the
wicked came against me to eat up my
flesh, my enemies and foes, they
stumbled and fell.” Psalm 27:1-2
Trust ing God ’s
Sovere ignt y
• Even the evil that comes is
held firmly in the mighty hand
of God
Trust ing God ’s
Sovere ignt y
• Even the evil that comes is held
firmly in the mighty hand of God

“Why do the nations conspire and the


peoples plot in vain? The kings of the
earth take their stand and the rulers
gather together against the LORD
and against his Anointed One…
Trust ing God ’s
Sovere ignt y
• Even the evil that comes is held
firmly in the mighty hand of God

… The One enthroned in heaven


laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
Then he rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath”
Psalm 2:1-5
Trust ing God ’s
Sovere ignt y
• God is personally writing my
life story by His sovereign hand
Trust ing God ’s
Sovere ignt y
• God is personally writing my
life story by His sovereign hand

“But Susanna cried aloud: "O


eternal God, you know what is
hidden and are aware of all things
before they come to be” Daniel
13:42
Trust ing God ’s
Sovere ignt y
• God is personally writing my
life story by His sovereign hand

“The Lord heard her prayer. As she


was being led to execution, God
stirred up the holy spirit of a young
boy named Daniel” Daniel 13:45-
46
My response to God’s
Sovereignty?
My response to God’s
Sovereignty?

Trusting God’s
sovereignty means
accepting everything as
from God
“Who is he who
speaks and it comes
to pass, when the
Lord has not
commanded it?”
Lamentations 3:37

Wi ll you st and strong like Mt.