What is God’s Sovereignty?

Excerpts from Chapter 5 of Touching the Hem.

God's sovereignty What, exactly, is sovereignty?

It combines so many elements of what makes God who He is: His power over all things, His wisdom to use this power rightly, His providence and sustenance each day for His creation, and His ability to use His attributes to remain actively involved with His creation.

He is the Sovereign or the King over all — He ordains and rules over all. He is in control of all things, not just the good but also the seemingly bad. {<–tweet that!}

He makes poor and rich, brings low and exalts. He has mercy on whom He wants, and hardens whom He wants. He is the head of all principalities and powers, and works all things according to the counsel of his will. We are told that by him all things consist, and in him we live and move and have our being.

He not only created all, but He also preserves all — in fact, His power alone keeps us in existence! This fact applies not just to man, but to the rest of creation as well–weather, animals, foliage. He created and controls it all, caring for and directing each element, plant, and animal. The book of Job contains several chapters describing God’s infinite control over creation:

God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour… By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning. They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world.

Job 36:5-12

Of course, if God cares so much for the inanimate and helpless entities of His creation, how much more do you think He cares for you, His own child who was created in His very image? 

God planned out each of our lives from the very beginning of time. And He leaves nothing to chance or randomness, but rather controls every single event that enters our lives. In fact, Job reminds us that God has already determined the number of our days, and has appointed limits which we cannot surpass.

What a comfort this should be! As C.H. Spurgeon once proclaimed, in a sermon about God’s sovereignty:

There is no attribute more comforting to His children than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe troubles, they believe that Sovereignty hath ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all.

We may not understand how God moves and directs. In fact, we are told that as high as the heavens are above the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

We may not understand His ways, but we can rest in knowing God is King over all. We can rest in His knowledge, and His ability to use this knowledge for our good and His glory.

Find more biblical truth about God in Touching the Hem.


LET’S CHAT:  How has God’s sovereignty been a comfort to you?
Can you share a favorite verse that reminds you of His sovereignty over all things?

Learn more about God’s sovereignty in His Word!
Why not read it along with me this week?
Tuesday: Jonah 1-4, Psalm 84
Wednesday: Philemon 1, Psalm 85
Thursday: 2 Kings 1-4, Psalm 86
Friday: 2 Kings 5-7, Psalm 87
Saturday: 2 Kings 8-11, Psalm 88
Sunday: 2 Kings 12-14, Psalm 89:1-18
Monday: reflection or catch-up


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6 thoughts on “What is God’s Sovereignty?

  1. What great and comforting thoughts – thanks for sharing! And how timely…just this morning I was doing a study on God’s sovereignty (as part of a book study on God’s attributes) when your blog post appeared in my email 🙂 I’m meditating on 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 and Psalm 103:19 today as I think about God’s sovereignty. I also like what Job said about the Lord in 42:2: “I know You can do all things and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.” Thanks for using your life and afflictions, Elizabeth, to encourage others 🙂

    1. Thanks, Kim! Your comments are such an encouragement and a blessing! I love those verses you mentioned.

  2. Such truth! Great quote from Spurgeon. I think we often see God’s sovereignty as frightening or overbearing instead of “comforting”. I really need to subscribe RIGHT NOW! How have I missed doing it before?!?

    1. That’s one of my all-time favorite quotes. Such truth!

  3. Hey Elizabeth,
    This is a great post and I love the way you have reminded us of biblical truths here even though we find them hard to understand. I’ve written a post today about the same subject called Don’t Worry – God is in Control. Don’t you just love it when a few of us seem to have a heart for the same teaching from God?
    Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays. Blessings.

    1. Yes, I love when others share about the same thing you’ve been reminded of lately! Love when God works like that!

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