What Does God Control? God's Sovereignty in Scripture (booklet 46 pgs PDF)
This PDF booklet addresses a Biblical Study of God's Sovereign Control of Reality by Rev. Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D. (46 pages). This study presents all the main texts on the Sovereignty of God and answers objections on Free Will, Foreknowledge, Open Theism, Arminianism and some problem passages.
SAMPLE TEXT: God’s Control Over the Heavens
With 100 billion stars like our Sun, it is a powerful tribute to assert that the whole host of all these flaming masses is “the work of Thy fingers” (Ps. 8:3). The Lord “counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them” (Ps. 147:4). The wonder of the variations, compositions, distances, histories, and futures of the stars is only surpassed by the majestic beauty of their testimony. According to those who study such things, every photon of light from our Sun travels 93 million miles to the earth. Amazingly, if it produced only one percent more heat, or if our atmosphere were different, or even if our clouds did not do their job in reflecting heat back into space, the earth would literally wither and die. If the Sun produced one percent less heat, the earth would soon be unbearably cold. In fact, while earth’s temperature is very constant, the Moon’s surface temperature varies 850 degrees each lunar day. Is it not God who sets the thermostat? His control shines by day and twinkles by night. God ordains the heavens.
Isa. 40:26 - Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power Not one of them is missing.
Job 9:5–10 - It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how, when He overturns them in His anger; who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble; who commands the sun not to shine, and sets a seal upon the stars; who alone stretches out the heavens, and tramples down the waves of the sea; who makes the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south; who does great things, unfathomable, and wondrous works without number.
Is not the case for God’s complete control settled by the heavens? Surely “the heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Ps. 19:1). Ponder whether those heavenly bodies, written into every civilization’s art, literature, music, science, and religion—seen from every vantage point on this terrestrial ball—are not majestic in their persuasion. Their Maker is completely in control. Surely we must agree with Paul that “His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made” (Rom. 1:20).