The Sovereignty of God
1 Samuel 14:24
24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.
With regret, un-tempered sovereignty becomes abusive in the hands of sinful man as demonstrated in the passage selected. Thank God, that all His sovereignty will always be used in the light of His holiness, His love, and all other attributes of God. In 1 Samuel, believers are provided an example of how God would never use his sovereignty. We will in the next few devotions engage this passage for understanding of how God uses the grand sword of sovereignty.
Sadly, sinful men often, brandish God’s sovereignty like a battle sword completely un-tempered by the other attributes of God which is definitely not God’s will. No man should use God’s sovereignty as though they have an exclusive understanding of the mind of God. This is dangerous.
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how heunsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counseller? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
The context of the passage above is clearly the redemption of Israel in the light of the Gentiles acceptance in the gospel. It is hard to image the grafting in of the Gentile, but this is God’s doing, and no one can stay his hand in this matter or completely understand His mind in order to instruct him in any way.
The first principle in dealing with the sovereignty of God is that it is always tempered by all His attributes as God. Improper teaching or abuse of God’s sovereignty is men teach God’s sovereignty apart from Him being God. They begin to teach it almost as though God resembles them.
The believer will always err on a moderate position of God’s sovereignty because of God’s attributes tempering each and every attribute.