(Part 3) March 15, 2020 Sunday Sermon: Submit in Trust to the Sovereignty of God
By Pastor Robbie Casas
Three ways to handle God’s sovereignty in ordaining affliction:
2) Submit to God’s reasons for ordaining affliction.
God ordains affliction upon the following people for the following reasons.
1. UPON THE WICKED AND UNBELIEVING
The Bible is full of passages that mention God dealing with the wicked and unbelieving for their rebellion against Him through calamity or disaster – whether as something He had done or is going to do.
Here are just a few examples.
Against the Babylonians – Isa 47:8-11: “8 Now, then, hear this, you sensual one, who dwells securely, who says in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me. I will not sit as a widow, nor know loss of children.’ 9 But these two things will come on you suddenly in one day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come on you in full measure in spite of your many sorceries, in spite of the great power of your spells. 10 You felt secure in your wickedness and said, ‘No one sees me,’ your wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you; for you have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.’ 11 But evil will come on you which you will not know how to charm away; and disaster will fall on you for which you cannot atone; and destruction about which you do not know will come on you suddenly.”
Against the Egyptians – Isa 31:1-3: “1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord! 2 Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster and does not retract His words, but will arise against the house of evildoers and against the help of the workers of iniquity. 3 Now the Egyptians are men and not God, and their horses are flesh and not spirit; so the Lord will stretch out His hand, and he who helps will stumble and he who is helped will fall, and all of them will come to an end together.”
The whole account of the Tribulation Period in Revelation 6 to 19 is a description of the coming judgment upon the world, most particularly upon the unbelieving and rebellious. Even now the world has been more than ripe for judgment for all its rebellion against its Creator, and it is still amazing how presently God in His grace seems to have held back wrath from falling upon mankind.
But that wrath will come.
For those who struggle or even resist in accepting this truth about God, I urge you: study what the Bible says about God’s holiness and how He looks at sin. It is a flawed – or maybe even an absent – understanding of this truth about God that causes most people (yes, even some among Christians) to think that God cannot or will not judge people. I mean, He’s a loving God, right?
Right. But He is also a holy God. This makes His love holy in its character as well. This means that His love will not cause Him to compromise His holiness by turning a blind eye to the sins of those He created. This is the reason for why God sent Jesus to pay for our sins on Calvary in the first place.
But the truth of God’s holiness should bring immense comfort to us all, especially during this COVID-19 crisis. How? God will not do anything out of capriciousness or any other sinful motive – even the ordaining of afflictions and calamities.
EVERYTHING GOD IS AND DOES IS HOLY.