Man’s Free Will Demonstrates the Biblical Truth that God is Sovereign

Here is my view:  God sovereignly decreed that man should be free to exercise moral choice, and man from the beginning has fulfilled that decree by making his choice between good and evil.  When he chooses to do evil, he does not thereby countervail the sovereign will of God but fulfills it, inasmuch as the eternal decree decided not which choice the man should make that he should be free to make it.  If in His absolute freedom God has willed to give man limited freedom, who is there to stay His hand or say, “What does though?”  Man’s will is free because God is sovereign.  A God less than sovereign could not bestow moral freedom upon His creatures.  He would be afraid to do so.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 89

We Can Cling to That Promise Even in the Midst of Our Self-Inflicted Chaos

But just as surely as God was sovereign over the sins of the two brothers (Luke 15:11-32), we can trust that his protection surrounds our children.  He will set limits to their disobedience and boundaries to the harm that they may do and will walk with them to protect them along the way.  They cannot sin outside of his will, and he will surely walk them, and us, through the valleys of death that he calls us to walk through, guiding and comforting us all along the way.  He has promised to use all things for their good, for our good, and for his glory, and we can cling to that promise even when their lives out of control.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 206

When We Suffer, We Often Call Into Question God’s Sovereignty or His Goodness

All too often, when we suffer, we question whether God is sovereign or good. Some of us are prone to believing the sovereignty of God while diminishing his goodness. The result is a cold, distant God who can’t be our comforter. Others of us lean toward downplaying God’s sovereignty while retaining his goodness. The result is a false view of a God who doesn’t want suffering to occur but is powerless to stop it.  Sadly, when either the sovereignty or goodness of God is questioned, we are left without comfort or help because our pain distorts our perspective of God

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 100

Divine Sovereignty Means that God is God

The sovereignty of God may be defined as the exercise of His  supremacy.  Being infinitely elevated above the  highest creature, He is  the Most High, Lord of heaven and earth.  Subject to none, influenced by none, absolutely independent; God does as He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases.  None can thwart Him, none can hinder Him.  So His own Word expressly declares: “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10); “He doeth according to His will in the army of heavens, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand” (Daniel 4:35).  Divine sovereignty means that God  is God in fact, as well as in name, that  He is on the Throne of the universe, directing all things, working all things “after the counsel of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11).

– Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 30

God Alone is the Fountain of all Being

God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of Himself;  and is alone in and unto Himself all sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which He hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them.  He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever Himself pleaseth.

Westminster Confession of Faith

as quoted by Sproul, R.C.; Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 1997; p. 38

God Is Free and Man is Free, But…

Reformed theology indeed insists that a real measure of freedom has been assigned to man by the Creator.  But that freedom is not absolute and man is not autonomous.  Our freedom is always and everywhere limited by God’s sovereignty.  God is free and we are free.  But God is more free than we are.

Sproul, R.C.; Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 1997; p. 32

Submitting to God and His Sovereign Right

To submit to the Father of our spirit denotes] an acquiescence in His sovereign right to do what He will with us as His own; a renunciation of self-will; an acknowledgement of His righteousness and wisdom in all His dealings with us; a sense of His care and love, with a due apprehension of the end of His chastisements; a diligent application of ourselves unto His mind and will, or to what He calls us to in an especial manner at that season; a keeping of our souls by persevering faith from weariness and despondency; a full resignation o ourselves to His will, as to the matter, manner, times and continuance of our afflictions.

– John Owen

as quoted by Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p.226