Jan 19, 2019
The sovereignty of God is difficult to understand, but, at times, even more difficult to accept. When things are going well, we find it easy to accept God’s sovereignty. We like the idea of an all-powerful, all-knowing and completely-in-control God when things are going our way. But as soon as things take a turn for the worse, we begin to question His control. And when the Bible reveals God as using pagan nations to punish His own people, we get uncomfortable. And, as if to make matters even more confusing, the Bible reveals that God punishes the very nations He used to do His bidding. That kind of control seems unfair and even unethical. But in Isaiah 10:5-19, we will see just such a situation as God warns the Assyrians of their coming judgment. They had been instrumental in His judgment of the nation of Judah, defeating and destroying many of their cities. Then they had besieged the capital city of Jerusalem. All according to God’s sovereign plan. But then God turns around and warns them that He was going to punish them for doing what He had ordained them to do. Is God capricious and fickle? Or is He sovereign and holy, and completely right in all He does?