Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” (Genesis 50:20)

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

INTRODUCTION

This is the culmination of the series of messages given during the previous Sundays regarding the life of Joseph. The series is entitled Grace in Disguise. The message this morning is Suffering and the Sovereignty of God. Even so, this is still about grace in disguise. But this time, since we are now at the end of the story of Joseph, this is now about the unveiling of the disguise, and the revealing of the grace which was there all along from the very beginning of Joseph’s ordeal. Continue reading “Suffering and the Sovereignty of God”

God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Dignity

Psalm 8:4-6 KJV

[4] What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? [5] For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. [6] Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

If we see God’s sovereignty as a violation of man’s autonomy, then it will be a cause for stumbling; but if we see it as a vindication of man’s dignity, it will be a cause for rejoicing.

God’s glory is bound up with his free, merciful, and gracious exaltation of man, and towards this end he will exercise his sovereignty. He even went to the extent of doing the unthinkable: becoming man himself in the person of Jesus Christ in order to die for man so that the image of God in man might be restored. In himself man is nothing; he is but “from dust to dust.” But in Christ he is a little lower than God (NASB), crowned with glory and honor.