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Divine Sovereignty in Isaiah


In an election year (for those of us in the United States), when so much is at stake, it is comforting to know that no one can thwart God’s will.

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God’s sovereign control extends to all the nations of the earth. What God has purposed for the world, both in the macro and micro perspective, will surely come to pass:

The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” . . . This is the purpose that is purposed concerning the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations. For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back? —Isaiah 14:24–27

According to these words recorded by Isaiah, no portion of God’s eternal plan will be left unfulfilled. When God stretches forth His sovereign hand to act, none can turn it back, not even the strongest king or mightiest nation. In these verses, God warned His people that the armies of Assyria under Sennacherib would bring destruction upon their land in due time. This coming devastation of Israel would show that God alone is God, who reigns above. He but speaks and it comes to pass. Concerning this sovereign purpose of God, John Calvin writes, “There can be no repentance or change in God (Numbers 23:19); whatever happens, even in the midst of an endless diversity of events, He always remains like Himself, and no occurrence can thwart His purpose.” The same irresistible divine sovereignty is shown in God’s salvation of His elect.

—Steve Lawson, Foundations of Grace (Reformation Trust, 2006), 168.



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