The Sovereignty of God Over Creation

A website called ABC Science has this to say:

When we think of the big things in the universe, we think planets, stars and galaxies. And while Earth seems big from where we sit, it’s pretty puny as far as the solar system goes: you could fit more than a million earths inside the sun.

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But our sun (which is a star) is no galactic giant either. It’s nothing compared to the really big stars. The biggest known star, VY Canis Majoris, is 2000 times the size of the sun.

But it’s not just the size of stars that’s big, it’s the number of them as well. Best estimates put the number of stars in the Milky Way at around two hundred billion. That’s 200,000,000,000 stars in our galaxy alone!

And there are plenty more galaxies out there. In fact, it looks like there are around two hundred billion galaxies as well. If you multiply the number of galaxies by the average number of stars in them, you get the number of stars in the universe, which is something like a million billion billion stars.[1]

In Genesis 1:16, where its recorded that God made the sun and the moon, it says at the end of verse 16, “He made the starts also”. Like it was an after thought and it took no effort at all.  He’s the Creator! He’s sovereign!

Isaiah 40:22 – “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.”

And that’s just what we can see with our eyes!

The Unseen World

There is an unseen physical world as well as an unseen spiritual world.

We are familiar with what the Bible teaches about unseen angels and demons and what goes on in the spiritual realm.  We know that God has infinite power over Satan and his demons.  We see this throughout Scripture especially when Jesus encountered the devil in the wilderness and the multitude of times he cast demons out of people.  We also know from Scripture that Satan’s doom is sure and one day he and his demons will be cast into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone for ever and ever.

Yet there is an unseen physical world, that we find hard to see with our eyes unless we have help with technology.  This microscopic world has many people today very paranoid.

When it comes to small things, we find in Matthew 10:29-30 that Jesus says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

But when it comes to even smaller things, in Paul’s letter to the Colossians, we find God the Son being credited with being sovereign over them too:

Col 1:16  For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 

Col 1:17  He is before all things, and in Him all things consist (sunistaō – hold together). Keep your finger on this verse.

Years ago I did an internet search on the question, “What keeps atoms from exploding?” I found an article with an answer from the “experts”.

The nuclear physicists had this to say:

In the nucleus of an atom you have protons (which are positively charged) and neutrons (which have no charge) packed very close to each other. Since positive charges repel each other, one would think that the protons would fly apart from each other, making all atoms (and hence all matter!) explode. 

The experts say there is a strong force which overcomes this repulsion of the positively-charged protons and keeps the nucleus together. The carrier particles of the strong force are called GLUONS, because they GLUE the quarks together.[2]

Think about it, all these PHDs can do is call this unknown force that keeps atoms intact a “strong force”.  But the Bible has already told us (In Colossians 1:17) that in Him, JESUS CHRIST, all things sunistao…hold together!

Let’s put this in perspective.

God the Creator, created the atom, which is the basic unit of matter.  Everything is composed of atoms.  Atoms are like the Lego blocks that everything in creation is made of. Atoms are tiny. But even tinier than atoms are the protons, neutrons and electrons that they’re made of. We’ve already seen that “God’s force” keeps the atoms and matter from flying apart and exploding.

Let’s compare an atom with a flu virus.  The typical flu virus is just a chunk of RNA wrapped in a bit of protein, measuring about 120 nanometers (nm) across, which makes it about a thousand times bigger than an atom.

If God created the atom and controls how it works, do you not think that God can sovereignly control a virus which is a thousand times bigger than an atom? (Illust: Which is more difficult, catching a slower Basketball vs. a faster BB pellet?)

R.C. Sproul writes in one of his books, “If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled.”[3]

One random atom or “maverick molecule,” as Dr. R.C. Sproul has said, or one renegade virus could throw everything into chaos.

There is no virus molecule outside of the control of God.  Yes, we should take reasonable measures to keep ourselves safe but not at the expense of doing what God says that we, as Christians, ought to be doing when it comes to worshipping Him and reaching the lost.

Our lives aren’t being held captive by a virus. Our lives aren’t in the hands of the president, the governor, the mayor or even the doctor; Our help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth. In John 10:29 Jesus says, “My Father, which gave them me (speaking of His sheep), is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

God is sovereign over ALL His creation!

God is also sovereign over Princes and Politicians.  In Daniel 2:21 the Bible says, “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”

Proverbs 21 :1 says, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He will.”

The Bible is telling us that princes and politicians are merely puppets in the hands of our Sovereign King.  He controls them and even when they rule unjustly, God can take what they mean for evil and make it out for our good. He is our Sovereign King!

Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

This verse tells us that God’s purpose will stand.  No one has the power to undo what God has purposed and decreed.  He is our Sovereign King!

God is sovereign over Life and Death – In Deuteronomy 32 Moses is about to die and he turn over the reigns of leadership to Joshua with a song.  In verse 39 God speaks to His people through Moses’ song and says, “See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heal, And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.”

God is saying that life and death is in His hand.  He is our Sovereign King!
God is saying that He even controls sickness and healing.  He is our Sovereign King!

God is sovereign when it comes to meeting our needs. In Matthew 6 Jesus says, “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” 

God is sovereign when it comes to meeting our needs and if you are doing His will, He will fight for you; He will take care of you.

If God is the Creator of the entire universe, then it must follow that He is the Lord of the whole universe. No part of the world is outside of His lordship.

He is sovereign! He is in control! In 1 Timothy 6 the Apostle Paul frames this truth this way:

“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.”

As “Lord” and the Sovereign King, He alone is the one who sets the requirements for salvation and entrance into His kingdom.  This is why the Bible says in Romans 10:9: “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Jesus emphasized His sovereignty and lordship when it came to salvation: “Whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27), and “Those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples” (verse 32).

The call of the Gospel is more than making an intellectual decision or mouthing a prayer; the gospel message is a call to submission to the Sovereignty of God. The sheep will follow their Shepherd in submissive obedience. In John 10:27 Jesus says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me…”

Jesus is Lord! He is our Sovereign King! Are you following Him in submissive obedience?  Have you repented from your sins and obeying your sovereign King?

[1] https://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/03/30/2859247.htm

[2] http://www.nevis.columbia.edu/~phypharm/opp/opp.html

[3] ― R.C. Sproul, Chosen By God: Know God’s Perfect Plan for His Glory and His Children

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