How does the sovereignty of God impact my everyday life?

The sovereignty of God refers to the fact that God is in complete control of the universe. A belief in God’s sovereignty is distinct from fatalism, which denies human free will. Humans are able to make genuine choices that have real consequences. God does not directly cause everything to happen, yet He does allow all that happens to happen. And, ultimately, God’s will is going to be accomplished. At first blush these statements may seem unimportant to one’s daily life and better suited for an esoteric theological discussion. However, the sovereignty of God is quite practical and has a significant impact on our daily lives.

The sovereignty of God impacts everyday life in that it removes all cause for worry. We can trust that what the Bible claims about God’s character is backed up by His ability. Not only does God love us, but He has the ability to care for us. Those who are part of the family of God can claim the promise in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” We can rest in the fact that our God is actually able to work all things for our good, even when we cannot readily see how that may happen.

The sovereignty of God impacts everyday life in that we can trust God’s sanctifying work in us. Many times Christians feel that maturing in the faith is completely up to them, as if God saves us and then expects us to do the rest. Christians do play a role in their own maturity. We are certainly called to obedience, and what we do matters. However, in recognizing that God is sovereign, we also trust Him to bring us to maturity (see Galatians 3:3 and Philippians 1:6). Looking to Romans 8 again, we read, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:29–34). Our salvation has been God’s sovereign plan from eternity past. Rather than focus on our own performance, we can rest in the character of God and focus instead on actually getting to know Him.

The sovereignty of God also affects how we make decisions. We recognize that God is in control, so we need not be paralyzed by decision-making. If we make the wrong decision, all is not lost. We can trust in God’s faithfulness and His ability to set us back on the right course. On a related note, we can and should make decisions. God’s sovereign control does not mean that we sit idly by and allow life to happen. It means that we can go bravely into life, trusting that our loving Father sees the larger picture and is faithfully working everything for His glory.

That God is sovereign impacts our sense of identity. When we understand how powerful God is and how much He loves us, we can know we are secure in Him. As the objects of God’s sovereign love, we allow God to define us and give us our worth rather than look to the changing ideals of the world to do so. When we understand that God is in complete control, we are freed to live our lives. We need not fear ultimate failure or final destruction (Romans 8:1). We need not fear worthlessness. We can be confident that God will have His way and that it will be good. We can trust that the One who says He loves us is fully able to act on that love in all ways. We can trust that, even when the world seems completely out of control, God is in control. We know He has the big picture covered, so we can trust Him with our daily details.

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32 thoughts on “How does the sovereignty of God impact my everyday life?

  1. “God’s sovereign control does not mean that we sit idly by and allow life to happen. It means that we can go bravely into life, trusting that our loving Father sees the larger picture and is faithfully working everything for His glory.”

    I just love this whole line of thought and know that it is the Lord who gives us the power to go forth in boldness as we trust Him one step at a time!

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    1. You’re absolutely right Sister Deborah, it is the Lord who gives us the power to go forth in boldness as we trust Him one step at a time! It is the Lord Who gives us faith to believe and do things that are impossible for human beings. We are lucky to have a friend like Jesus, a loving Father, a GOD who will take care of us more than our parents. How great is our GOD.

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  2. You have gone to Romans 8 as you should. It is the high plateau of our being moulded into Christ. You should that the predestination section states it in the plural. Those who constitute the corporate Body are pre-destined unto Glory. Now do you the individual choose to enter into that Body and to remain there as a happy trusting member of the Flock? Go to issuu.com/dewane and look for the ebook “Looking for Norm”…Doug
    Thanks for your good post and reminder. After all good preaching is largely putting us “in remembrance” as Peter’s epistle has suggested.

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  3. “God does not directly cause everything to happen, yet He does allow all that happens to happen.” I can accept the modifying word “everything” with reservation because Scriptures are clear God brought the enemy to Israel to teach them to fight. He also used lying spirits to take Israel into battles He said they would lose because they whored after the idols in the land.

    What we need to always know is God’s word can be taken to the bank. He is always good. Loves us passionately and will do whatever is needed to fashion us into the priests and instruments of His mercy, love and justice in this world and the next that He says we are.

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  4. Amen! It’s been during times of crisis when the Lord has soothed me, letting me know He was in control. Even when the outcome was not what I had hoped. But Romans 8:28 gives me His assurance it will all be ok.
    Good post!

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  5. These are certainly very thoughtful posts and they show how much of studying you’ve done. I don’t know, however, what are exactly “worries” and how we can define them. Is that being concerned about some outcome or is that being nervous because we don’t know what to expect? Maybe that is anxiety, or sometimes clinically evident depression?
    I am somebody who deals with clinical research, diseases and other unpleasant stuff, like hospital reports, and those ones which describe “exitus letalis” are no pleasure to translate. I have to do a lot of research, too, and also to use all my knowledge about medical issues, hence, I’m writing all kinds of guidance articles for physicians who later treat patients.
    The worst are issues associated with birth defects, early and late childhood disorders and mental disabilities. Would you say that such child is to teach his or her parents, or is it supposed to be a learning experience for that child?
    Most people also assume pain as a very bad thing, but there is a condition which causes people to feel no pain. Pain is our strongest protective mechanism, whether we like it or not, the strongest signal that something is profoundly wrong, since people who do not have pain live very short lives: they hurt themselves so badly because nothing warns them.
    We are seeing the cause and the effect in medicine, we are seeing the unwanted effects: side effects. I do believe strongly in God, but I never liked to analyse Him, as it is impossible to know everything because our mind is just too incapable of understanding other dimensions, although, we are doing genetic editing and dealing with genes. Certainly, the human, this God’s creation is the most perfect something ever to be created. I’m talking about millions of mechanisms, systems, renewing and repairing factors which exist in a human body. I never stop adoring this! However, I always had very hard times understanding why bad things happen to God loving people. Can you give in your next post some advise? Thanks! Blessings and happy 2017! https://inesepogalifeschool.com/

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  6. Ultimately God is in charge, and God has a plan. I personally prefer the word charge to control, as I believe it comes closer to the concept of God giving free will to man while still being in command, the omega and the alpha. #StrictMotivation ~ excellent article thank you for putting it out there

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    1. While we may not understand all the twists and turns of life, we can be sure of one thing: the same God who created you, loves you. God’s personal promise to you is one of extreme hope and potential (Jeremiah 29:11). He also has an awesome strategy for your future. No matter what failure you have experienced in the past, you can learn how to make right choices at every juncture in your life.

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  7. “Rather than focus on our own performance, we can rest in the character of God and focus instead on actually getting to know Him.”
    I love this! We don’t have to be perfect or have it all together. We need to trust the One who does!

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