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Everything That Has Happened or Will Happen is Purposed by God to Happen

Posted By at Tuesday, April 05, 2016


The fact that God is sovereign over all things is at once the most mind-boggling, incomprehensible truth while at the same time the most comforting and emboldening truth! It’s one of the attributes of God that, having embraced it many years ago, has had a profound impact on not only the way I think, but also the way I live my life. 

One of my favorite texts of scripture that speaks of God’s sovereignty is Isaiah 46:8-10.

Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’

John Piper’s comments on these verses are very helpful. He writes,

“So, based on this text, here’s what I mean by the sovereignty of God: God has the rightful authority, the freedom, the wisdom, and the power to bring about everything that he intends to happen. And therefore, everything he intends to come about does come about. Which means, God plans and governs all things. Therefore, what God means in Isaiah 46:10 is that nothing has ever happened, or will ever happen that God did not purpose to happen. Or to put it positively: Everything that happened or will happen is purposed by God to happen.”

Charles Spurgeon, writing many years prior, put it this way: 

“There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God’s sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that sovereignty overrules them, and that sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children ought more earnestly to contend than the doctrine of their Master over all creation—the kingship of God over all the works of His own hands—the throne of God and His right to sit upon that throne.”

May God help us to love and live by the glorious truth that the LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all (Ps. 103:19).