Musings on Sovereignty 2

The late deservedly celebrated Dr. Young, though he affected great opposition to some of the doctrines called Calvinistic, was yet compelled, by the force of truth, to acknowledge that “there is not a fly but has had infinite wisdom concerned not only in its structure, but in its destination.” Nor did the late learned and excellent Bishop Hopkins go a jot too far in asserting as follows: “A sparrow, whose price is but mean, two of them valued at a farthing (which some make to be the tenth part of a Roman penny, and was certainly one of their least coins), and whose life, therefore, is but contemptible, and whose flight seems giddy and at random; yet it fails not to the ground, neither lights anywhere, without your Father. His all-wise Providence hath before appointed what bough it shall pitch on, what grains it shall pick up, where it shall lodge, and where it shall build; on what it shall live, and where it shall die. Our Savior adds, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. God keeps an account even of that stringy excrescence. Do you see a thousand little motes and atoms wondering up and down in a sun-beam? It is God that so peoples it, and He guides their innumerable and irregular strayings. Not a dust flies in a beaten road but God raiseth it, conducts its uncertain motion, and, by His particular care, conveys it to the certain place He had before appointed for it; nor shall the most fierce and tempestuous wind hurry it any further. Nothing comes to pass but God hath His ends in it, and will certainly make His own ends out of it. Though the world seems to run at random, and affairs to be huddled together in blind confusion, and rude disorder, yet, God sees and knows the concatenation of all causes and effects, and so governs them that He makes a perfect harmony out of all those seeming jarrings and discords. It is most necessary that we should have our hearts well established in the firm and unwavering belief of this truth, that whatsoever comes to pass, be it good or evil, we may look up to the hand and disposal of all, to God. In respect of God, there is nothing causal nor contingent in the world.       Augustus Toplady

The above quotation of Toplady is simply tremendous. It reaches beyond what is the normal thinking on sovereignty and points the mind and the heart to the glory of God and the depths of His sovereignty. It is true that it is now possible to reflect on things like atoms and quarks, but most minds (perhaps all to be honest) cannot reach the depths in thinking of the beams that move in the sun. How are we to deal with a God that is sovereign over the structure of the fly and even more on each path of each fly? How are we to comprehend a God who is sovereign over every gnat and every mosquito? Can it be that all the chiggers and ticks are where they are because God ordained that they be right there? Can it be that every spider spins its web in precisely the place where God plans for it to be and that every insect that is caught in that web has been planned to be caught in that web? Behold the glory of God!

The glory of God is on display in every place in the universe, but not all are given eyes to behold His beauty and glory. As has been written hundreds of years ago, God hides Himself in the second causes. This is to say that those with natural eyes (so to speak) will see nothing but the second causes and be blind to the First Cause of it all. Men curse people, events, circumstances, and the weather and in doing so they curse the God who planned and ordained all of them. Men look to luck, fortune, and happenstance as explanations for what happens to them good or bad. However, they ought to know that God is in control of all events instead of forces that just happen. Men ought to know that the wrath of God is upon them each moment that they are out of Christ and all that happens to them (good or bad in their perceptions) comes from the wrathful hand of God who in perfect wisdom knows how to bring judgment upon each person as He pleases.

Apart from the glorious teaching of the sovereign God in all things we have a universe that displays design and order, but that is nothing more then the god of the Deists. The Deists will have a god who will design and created the world, but they deny that He has much to do with it now. But the teaching of Scripture regarding the sovereign God who created all things for His pleasure and who upholds all things by the word of His power sets forth a God who is in control in the most intimate of details. The God with whom we have to do is a God who knows everything about us and is in control of all things in the universe as well as in us. The God with whom we have to do is a God who is worthy of worship and is the only one who can give us hearts to join Him in love and worship of Himself. This God is utterly beautiful and glorious in all He is and in all He does. He is the true God and there is no other.

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