Monday, August 13, 2012

The use of sovereignty

I was listening to a sermon on Romans 9, and the preacher stated that God uses His power to sovereignly determine who is and isn't saved. I think that's true, but it's only part of the picture, and it's a misleading one. Look at Micah 6 where the Lord marshals the mountains, the hills, and all the Earth like a captain to come and bear witness against His people:

Hear now what the LORD says: "Arise, plead your case before the mountains, And let the hills hear your voice. Hear, O you mountains, the LORD's complaint, And you strong foundations of the earth; For the LORD has a complaint against His people, And He will contend with Israel. 

You can feel the power in these verses, the strength in them. God must be building to something big, He's preparing to yell from the sky and rain down the power of thunder from a whirlwind like He did to Job. Verse 3

"O My people, what have I done to you? And how have I wearied you? Testify against Me. 

After using His sovereignty to call together a trial for His people, and bringing the foundations of the Earth as witness He uses it to beg His people to tell Him what He's done wrong. You can hear the sorrow in His voice, the pity. He sounds like a husband who desperately loves his wife but she does not love him back.

What's so remarkable about God's sovereignty is not the awesome power of it, but His restraint of it.

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