Thursday, September 9, 2010
God is Sovereign
But when we look at the Bible, we're confronted with our disbelief. In the Old Testament we see a vast amount of examples of God choosing particular people, and causing events to happen. The biggest example of this is the nation of Israel. God clearly chooses them as His people. Even calling them His chosen people. And I don't know many Christians that take issue with this idea. God chose Israel. Got it, no problem. But have you ever considered the flip side? It means He didn't choose the Philistines, or the Assyrians, or the Babylonians. We don't get it, and we never will. However, it's clear that this is the way of God in the Old Testament.
We see it again in the New Testament. The disciples are specifically chosen and called by Jesus. Again, the flip side of this is that other men were not chosen. He chose Saul to change into Paul, and he became one of the greatest missionaries of our faith. Again, this means God did not choose other persecutors of The Way, as Acts calls it.
So why do we fight the idea that God is sovereign, even in salvation? God chooses us, we don't choose Him. We see it in the Bible over and over again. So why the argument? Why the bickering? Why do we hate this idea?
I think it's two-fold. One- pride. That's a big obstacle for me. Pride keeps me from thinking that God could choose someone or some event over another. Two- control. I want to control, and I want to think that I'm in control. Salvation coming from God and God alone, and that He chooses who and when to give it takes away control from me. I can't manipulate situations, I can't convince, I can't control. Even typing that is difficult. But the reality is, it's true.
"And those He foreknew, He also predestined..."
Thoughts? Anyone else out there struggle with this idea? Disagree? Agree? Let's hear it.