How Could God Allow All of This Suffering? (Part 5)


(Last of a 5-part Series)
God is Sovereign
We have already talked about God being a God of love. In fact, He IS love. And everything He does or allows to happen to us is out of His love toward us.
But there is a cold truth that many people, even Christians, find hard to understand and accept. This is the concept of the sovereignty of God. Saying that God is sovereign means that He has the supreme power and authority. He is preeminent and undisputable. Any decision that He makes cannot be and, more importantly, does not need to be questioned because He is above all in character, in importance, in rank, and in excellence.
To put a little bit of teeth to this claim, let’s consider some Scripture passages that hopefully gives us a better perspective of God’s sovereignty.
Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’  (Isaiah 46:9-10 NIV)
To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. (Deuteronomy 10:14 NIV)
But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”  (Romans 9:20 NIV)
The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen. (Isaiah 14:24 NIV)
I think the above passages are quite self-explanatory and are enough for us to understand God’s authority, role, and position over His creation.
In the book of Job, he wanted God to explain to him why he had to go through all the incredible afflictions that he had experienced. His so-called friends tried to explain what they thought was God’s reasons and put the blame on Job. But what reason did God finally give after they were done with all their long rantings? Nothing. He never explained Himself. From chapter 38 to 41, God went through a series of questions and statements that made it very clear that there is an incommensurable disparity between Job (along with his friends) and God, who “laid the earth’s foundation.” Being the sovereign God that He is, it was not necessary at all for Him to reason out to them. All they needed to know was who Yahweh is. That’s all. Case closed.
Sometimes, when we go through troubles in life, we may occasionally go to God lamenting about our situations. And there is nothing wrong with this. No less than the Psalmists and some of the major and minor prophets have prayed to God pouring out their thoughts and emotions about the things that God was doing or not doing, and they would even ask why God is not answering and why He is hiding His face from them (read Psalm 44 as an example).
But while we are free to ask God these questions, we ought to always remind ourselves that no matter what God’s answer might be, or even if He does not answer at all, His sovereignty is absolute. Our default attitude should be similar to that of David when he wrote in Psalm 22,
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.”

(Psalm 22: 1-3 NIV)
It didn’t matter what he was going through, even if it seemed that God had already forsaken him, he still recognized that God is the Holy One who sits on the throne, i.e., God reigns sovereign above all, and He is still worthy of the praises of His people. No matter what!
The truth is that we can trust in God’s character and perfection so much that regardless of what He causes or allows to happen, there is no need for us to doubt His reasons whether or not He makes them known to us. If we know, I mean really know God, as the Holy Scriptures show Him to be, we can rest in His sovereign will and let Him work His way in our lives without reservation.
The impeccable nature of the supreme God of the Bible sits on His throne making sure that all things go according to His perfect plan that had been pre-ordained for His people. If Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is your Lord and your Savior, then you are an heir to this perfect future. There is no need to worry, no need to fear.
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