2 Kings 8:5-6
5 And while he was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, here is the woman, and here is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” 6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed an official for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now.”
God is sovereign. This means that God is fully in control of all things. There is nothing, no event whatsoever, which is outside of God’s sovereign power.
R.C. Sproul described this principle this way in Chosen By God:
To say that God foreordains all that comes to pass is simply to say that God is sovereign over his entire creation. If something could come to pass apart from his sovereign permission, then that which came to pass would frustrate his sovereignty. If God refused to permit something to happen and it happened anyway, then whatever caused it to happen would have more authority and power than God himself. If there is any part of creation outside of God’s sovereignty, then God is simply not sovereign. If God is not sovereign, then God is not God.
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. Perhaps that one maverick molecule will lay waste all the grand and glorious plans that God has made and promised to us. If a grain of sand in the kidney of Oliver Cromwell changed the course of English history, so our maverick molecule could change the course of all redemption history. Maybe that one molecule will be the thing that prevents Christ from returning.*
Now, take a look at the passage above and watch the sovereignty of God at work. The woman whose son Elisha raised from the dead left Israel in a time of trouble. She returned some time later, and went to the king to ask for her land back. “Perhaps,” she must have thought, “the king will have mercy on me.”
When the woman returned with her request—a request that the king was unlikely to grant in general—she found that the king was in conversation with a servant of Elisha. It turns out that, at the precise moment when the woman approached the king to ask for mercy, God had seen to it that the king would already be made aware of the woman’s circumstances. God used his sovereign power to make things perfect for the woman to return, petition the king, and get even more than she could have ever dreamed.
God is sovereign. This is true in old Bible stories and in modern life. God is sovereign today. Is there someone you want to share Jesus with? Are you afraid that they will not hear your presentation of the gospel? God is sovereign. God may have already prepared that person for the very moment that you will approach them. God might just be stacking up the perfect circumstances to make the gospel message you present be exactly what the other needs to hear.
Christians, learn to love the fact that God is in control. If he were not in control, our lives would not be worth living. Were God not in control, his promises would be worthless. But since God is sovereign, we can trust him to do amazing things for his glory and for the spread of his kingdom.
*From R.C. Sproul, Chosen By God (Wheaton: Tyndale House, 1986, 27. It is possible that this page number is inaccurate, as I pulled the quote from an old digital copy of the book.