The word Sovereign means - Possessing supreme power, unlimited wisdom, and absolute authority.
“All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him What have You done?’” -Daniel 4:35
“…You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all.” -Psalm 139:1-4
Psalm 139:1-18 teaches that God knows each of us intimately, that all of our acts and thoughts are known to Him even before they are known to us. Before you opened your heart to God, by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, He knew whether you would come to Him or not and gave you that option through the gift of free will. God is not willing that any should perish and chooses that all would follow Him. But through the exercise of free will, He gives every individual the freedom to reject Him.
When God created Adam and Eve, He gave one restriction, which was not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When they disobeyed by listening to Satan, mankind came under the curse of sin. In Adam, God gave mankind the freedom to choose good, but through disobedience he chose evil; therefore, it is now reality that all who choose to become God’s children in Christ still live in a fallen world and are touched by the evil around them. If this were not true and God shielded His children from all trouble and evil, people would only be motivated to turn to Him for the guarantee of an easy life. In fact, this is the very argument that began the historic showdown in heaven between God and Satan concerning the life of Job.
Satan said to God:
“Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” -Job 1:9-11
God allowed Satan to bring evil upon Job through the loss of his possessions, his children, and finally his health. God is a loving Father and does not bring evil into our lives; however, for His purpose and for our ultimate good, He allows us to be touched by evil. The outcome of Job’s suffering was greater trust and intimacy with God.
Job did not understand the reason that God was allowing him to suffer (God declared he was a righteous man in Job 2:3), so he asked, “Why?” For several chapters Job agonizes over this question, seeking a satisfactory answer. God never answers directly but turns Job’s attention to His power and glory, which is displayed in creation. Job was satisfied through deeper understanding of the greatness of God. When we suffer, like Job, we look for an explanation. “Why, why, why?” One of the many lessons we learn from Job is that “Why?” is the wrong question. We should instead ask God, “What?”....