1.the quality or state of being sovereign.
2. the status, dominion, power, or authority of a sovereign;royalty.
I have a theory about humans. We are all born believing, in the depths of our selfish, little hearts, that we are God. That is why, I believe, that two year olds and teenagers can be so unbearably obnoxious. Up until age two, infants think they are in charge. They scream and the grown-ups spring into action. The poor little creatures think they are ruling the universe until one fateful day when they hear the word that rocks their world, “No!” Their reaction, commonly known as a tantrum (or if you are from the South “pitchin’ a fit”), is not so much about getting what they want as it is about regaining control of their universe. So then comes the early childhood stages of establishing parental authority and, to a large degree, the child shifts from thinking he is God to thinking the parents are God.
This can be a dangerously happy time for the parents, who for the most part think they have done a great job raising their offspring into an obedient and submissive child. This poor, unsuspecting parent is about to be blindsided by the terrible teens. At this point the kid starts to figure out that the parents aren’t God and they seem to be perpetually angered by the fact that they ever submitted to mortals (and uncool ones at that) in the first place and so go back to their earlier attempts to rule the universe. Of course, with all of their needs met by the uncool mortals, the offspring often deceive themselves into thinking they really can rule their own lives.
And so it goes until life and God thoroughly convince us that we are not, in fact , God. Of course this looks somewhat different for each individual but the bottom line is that we all have to deal with the desire to usurp God’s authority and it takes years to even begin to understand the depths of our own pride especially when compared to a holy and truly sovereign God. We devise all kinds of clever ways to avoid the total submission that is required of us. Some choose to deny that God exists at all or that He does exist but is not interested in involving Himself in the affairs of men.
The most amusing (and annoying) denials of God’s sovereignty are the religious ones. Those go something like this: I can control my world through my faith, my prayers, and my confessions. I decide what God’s will for my life is, which of course, does not include anything bad or uncomfortable. Anything bad in anyone’s life is straight from the devil and needs to be promptly cast out or they need to repent of whatever they did to open the door to the enemy.
While there is truth in all of these ideas, it is not true that God will not allow really difficult things in our lives. Either God is sovereign or He’s not. I truly believe that ALL things work together for good for those who are called. I believe that my God loves me so much and with such passion that NOTHING happens to me without His personally allowing it because He has a plan. I have a hard time believing that though I have given my whole life to the Lord and love Him and seek Him yet when something bad happens His hands were just tied. I have literally heard people say, “Well, God would just not allow something like that (insert the latest tragedy) to happen.” That sounds a little like what Peter said to Jesus when he heard that he would die.
Matthew 16:21 From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.
22 But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand himfor saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
Peter was speaking out of his flesh, man’s wisdom. He couldn’t understand why God would allow Jesus to go through such terrible suffering. It just didn’t make sense so he made a feeble attempt to override God’s plan. We are all like that at one time or another. We see the circumstances from the only perspective we can; our own. That’s why we have to get God’s perspective and when the circumstances are closing in on us to the point that our vision is blocked we just have to trust that God really is the same yesterday, today and forever and that He really does have a plan.