To fully understand the vision of the immortal sons and daughters of God, one must come to grips with God’s sovereignty. God is totally in control. He is sovereign. He rules. He is in complete charge of everything that is happening in our respective lives. He is the Supreme Authority in everything that is happening to any and everyone here on earth. And He does as He pleases without our permission.
God is in complete control of everything that is taking place in and through the governments of man here on earth. He is ruling as I write this and as you read this. Nothing is happening at this instant here on earth that He is not aware of and that He has not ordained and pre-determined to happen.
He is in total charge of the powers that be here on earth. “The powers that be are ordained by God.” He has provided for their rise to power and has helped them to accumulate wealth and influence. Everything that is happening at this instant, or that ever has happened, is a result of God’s sovereign desire and control.
The old hymn goes, “Thou art the Potter, I am the clay…Have thine own way…” We sing it, but what His awesome sovereignty entails escapes our little finite minds. Our Creator is the Divine Potter at His wheel. He sits down, and with the earth He has created, He fashions containers from clay, vessels to be used at His convenience and His discretion. He is in charge of making the vessels and pots. He molds and shapes these human beings in accordance with His own desires and purposes. They, for the most part, do not understand most of the time what He is doing, for His ways are difficult for His creation to comprehend. He is the Potter and is fashioning from the same lump some pots to be used for everyday water containers and wash pots. And some are done with the Master’s finest touch to be beautiful and of fine design, fit for the use of being kings and queens. And some clay vessels may never make it to the kiln for firing. Some are shaped and then returned to the original large lump, never to be fashioned like that again.
But some people do not like the way life is treating them. In other words, they do not like the cards that God has dealt them. When they find out that God is the one in control and has mercy on whomever He desires to have mercy, they do not like it. They lash out at Him and His sovereignty and say, If He made us this way, “then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?” To which the apostle Paul replies, “But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, Why did you make me like this? Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?” Romans 9:18-21, NIV.
Remember. He is sovereign and can and does do what He wants to do with His creation. But we humans think that we are in charge of our own lives. No matter how insignificantly we stride upon the world stage, we think that we are formidable and of great importance.
And those humans whom He has chosen to be kings and rulers in the world system—how high and lifted up they stand. Take King Nebuchadnezzar as an example. He was the famous king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire that ruled from 605-562 B.C. His experiences with Yahweh are written down by Daniel the prophet. Through these experiences, Nebuchadnezzar learned that God is sovereign.
The king’s pride had puffed him up. He was the absolute ruler of an incredibly rich empire. His city Babylon was itself a wonder of the world. But the source of all of those earthly blessings was lost upon him. He did not acknowledge who had enabled him to acquire untold wealth and power as the “head of gold” of the Babylonian Empire. Nebuchadnezzar actually thought that he had on his own strength gotten all the power and riches. “Is not this great Babylon; that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty,” he boasted one year after being warned in a dream that he would go insane and become beast-like for seven years. This warning was “to the intent that the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will, and sets up over it the basest of men.” Daniel 4:17, 30.
God had given him warning in a dream and the dream came to pass. Nebuchadnezzar was smitten with insanity for seven years. And at the end of the seven years of living like a beast out in the courtyard, he began to sing a different tune. “I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: and all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” Daniel 4:34-37.
Here was the most powerful man on earth exclaiming that God is sovereign and that we earth-dwellers better realize that He rules right here on earth. He found out the hard way. Kenneth Wayne Hancock [I am currently serializing my book The Unveiling of the Sons of God here on Christian Blessings Blog. You may read more at my blog Immortality Road found here: http://ImmortalityRoad.wordpress.com ]