God’s sovereign control and human responsibility

Scripture will not permit any view of God’s sovereign control that diminishes human responsibility. Yet God is never surprised by or wringing his hands nervously about things on earth.

So how should we understand God’s sovereignty in relation to human responsibility?


“The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything” (Psalm 103:19)

Scripture teaches that God “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).

“I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all those things” (Isaiah 45:6-7).

This great truth about God’s authority and control is a source of both comfort and confusion.   Are there things that God does not control or things He cannot do? 

  • James 1:13 – When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone”
  • Romans 5:12 – “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin,and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.”

Why did Jesus teach us to ask God…

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