Sovereignty is one of God’s attributes that brings me much comfort and hope. God’s sovereignty verses throughout the Bible reveal God as the All-sufficient, supreme ruler of all that is.
For example, in the Book of Exodus God reveals Himself and His mighty power in such miraculous ways defying the laws of nature over and over.
Just imagine the sovereign power of Almighty God displayed for all to see!
- The ten plagues!
- The parting of the Red Sea!
- Water coming from a rock!
- God’s voice from the heavens!
But before these miraculous events when God first calls Moses to go and deliver His people from bondage in Egypt, God tells Moses His name…I AM.
God is sovereign scriptures tell us. But this name of God says it all!
I love all that this name, I AM, signifies about God and Who He is. Self-existent. Eternal. All-powerful. These three words describe the definition of sovereignty of God. And tell us that our God is supreme ruler over all that is!
Here are 45 God’s sovereignty verses that inspire hope for our lives here on earth. Plus a beautiful Freebie!
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God’s Sovereignty Verses That Bring Hope
In talking with others about God over the years, I’ve heard three particular questions concerning God’s sovereignty and man’s choice. I’d like to share those here along with the hope-inspiring sovereignty of God scriptures that I believe answer these questions.
1) Exodus 32:11-14
Question #1: Since God is sovereign and controls all things, then why pray?
And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people,…Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest…And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. Exodus 32:11-14
Prayer and God’s sovereignty—we are to believe in both. God answers our prayers within His sovereign will.
Think about it, if God answered every one of our prayers, just because we prayed it, then we would be sovereign. God would be ruled by what we said or asked of Him.
But then, if He didn’t ever answer our prayers then there would be no use in praying. “Que Sera Sera…whatever will be, will be.”
God always knows what He will do. But He also listens to our prayers. And when it is within His will to do so, He will do whatever is necessary…even change His predetermined course of action…in order to answer our prayer! Amazing!
For example, God knew, of course, that Moses would beseech Him to not destroy the Israelites for their rebellion and idol worship of the golden calf. (Exodus 32:7-14) But had Moses not intervened in intercessory prayer, God would have continued on His course of action. God does not lie. Ever! (Titus 1:2) He would have destroyed them…as He had said.
But He listened to Moses and changed His course of action!
2) Luke 1:37
Prayer changes things…because God is sovereign and has the power to do absolutely anything necessary to answer His children’s prayers! Even change His mind!
For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37
So, pray with all faith in your Sovereign Lord!
3) Ephesians 2:10
Question #2: Since man can only do right with the help of the Holy Spirit influencing his/her heart, then if man doesn’t make the right choice, isn’t it God’s fault?
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2:10
God’s plan for man, for each man, has been established in heaven in eternity past. (Ephesians 2:10) And God knows the end from the beginning. Our choices don’t cause God’s sovereign plans to change, according to those choices. Our choices don’t guide God’s plan this way and that.
Free will and God’s sovereignty—we believe in both. God doesn’t control our choices. He does give us free will…but in the context of His sovereign plan for His world and all that are in it.
And sometimes God in His mercy, and because of His will in a matter, will restrain man from doing evil, making a bad choice. (For example, Abimelech in Genesis 20:6)
4) Genesis 20:6
God is ultimately in control of our life…NOT the choices of others!
And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.Genesis 20:6
You might ask, “But if a man who isn’t restrained by God, makes the wrong choice, isn’t it God’s fault? Since God could have restrained him?”
The answer is No.
Man’s sin is still his own fault…for not yielding to the Spirit. The Spirit shows us right and wrong. If a man doesn’t follow that leading, that help and discernment to do right, it is not God’s fault.
However, when it is God’s will to do so, He will in His mercy, cause His Spirit to be very persuasive to us that we make His choice He wants made. Or, to accomplish His will, He will use others He can trust and knows will make the correct choice.
God knew man and each of our choices, and what He would do, from before the world began.
So, God does not cause anyone to choose wrong. He does not tempt anyone with sin. (James 1:13) But God may sometimes just withhold any help to choose right. Pharaoh is such an example—when God told him through Moses to let the people go.
Pharaoh was accountable to God for his choice to harden his own heart repeatedly before God ever effectually said, “Enough” and hardened Pharaoh’s heart beyond repair, beyond repentance. (Exodus 8:32, 9:12)
And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.Exodus 5:2
Pharaoh’s rejection of God is certainly not God’s fault. God had shown Pharaoh many miracles that none of us have ever seen! Yet Pharaoh refused to humble himself and believe. NOT God’s fault!
He also many times protects us and guides our lives by influencing the hearts of others in their choices that will affect our lives! We can rest knowing that…
5) Genesis 1:1
Question #3: Since God is sovereign and could stop bad things from happening but doesn’t, then how is He still good?
God created this world and has absolute right to govern it according to His own way.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.Genesis 1:1
God is good and made the world good.
Man’s, and woman’s, great contribution to God’s perfect creation was sin. And thereby the entrance into it of evil and pain and death and destruction. All of that is man’s fault because of our disobedience to God’s command in the garden of Eden.
6) 2 Thessalonians 2:7
God in His goodness uses His sovereign power to deliver, to help, and to give us hope in the midst of this sin-cursed world! Just as He did for Israel throughout the Exodus!
However, God in His goodness uses His sovereign power to hold back the forces of evil, through the Holy Spirit’s presence on earth, to keep them from harming and ultimately destroying us and His world.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.2 Thessalonians 2:7
The word “let” here means to restrain. When Jesus comes back for His bride, the church, at the rapture, the Holy Spirit will take His hand off and let Satan have his way. That time is known as the 7-year Great Tribulation period.
So, far from blaming God for not holding back ALL the bad in the world, we should be praising His name from the rooftops for holding back much of it! And for staying with us in this mess of a world we’ve made and helping us through it. Day after day. (Hebrews 13:5b)
It is such a wonder to me that God doesn’t give up on us His children and on this world that He made.
More Hope-Inspiring God’s Sovereignty Verses
Our sovereign God is the omnipotent, or all-powerful, King over all! He is limitless, knows no bounds. And has all power over all that is. He is supreme ruler! King of kings and Lord of lords!
The Bible is filled with God’s glory and power. Here are just a few more scriptures that reveal the limitless power and control of our incredible Saviour and God.
The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
Proverbs 19:21 KJV
There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
Ephesians 1:11 KJV
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Proverbs 16:9 KJV
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
Proverbs 21:1 KJV
The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Daniel 4:35 KJV
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 the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
Proverbs 16:4 KJV
The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
2 Chronicles 20:6 KJV
And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
Acts 2:23 KJV
Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Colossians 1:16 KJV
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Genesis 50:20 KJV
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Revelation 4:11 KJV
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Jeremiah 32:27 KJV
Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
John 6:44 KJV
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Isaiah 14:24 KJV
The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
Acts 13:48 KJV
And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
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Philippians 1:6 KJV
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Romans 9:11 KJV
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
John 1:3-4 KJV
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Revelation 15:3 KJV
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
James 4:13-15 KJV
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Acts 4:27-28 KJV
For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
Ephesians 1:4 KJV
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Jeremiah 10:23 KJV
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Jeremiah 27:5 KJV
I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.
Revelation 19:6 KJV
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 KJV
Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.
Job 1:12 KJV
And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
John 19:11 KJV
Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
Romans 8:29-30 KJV
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. Psalms 47:7
God shows Himself very real to us His people through incredible answers to prayer and daily help and deliverances. He leaves no doubt that He is our sovereign God. That He is more than able to take care of us and His world.
What a wonder our God is! Won’t you sing His praises today?
And keep drawing nigh to Him,
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What other question do you have about God’s sovereignty? What was your favorite part of the Book of Exodus?
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