God is sovereign. We have heard these words often, but do we understand what it means? To be sovereign is to exercise supreme authority. When it comes to God, there is no other rival or peer. God’s will is the carrying out of His authority. When God’s will is brought forth, it will be accomplished according to how He sees fit. We can ask ourselves over and over who God is and where His authority comes from, and He only needs to answer “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14). God’s response to Moses was not just a name but an affirmation of who He is and that He acts according to His will. His will is to bring His people to Him and for them to have a relationship with Him (Exodus 8:22-23). Jesus, who was obedient to God the Father, prayed for His disciples and for all believers because of His love for them and, because of their belief in Him, that they would have fellowship with Him and a relationship with Him (John 17:6-26).
Who is God? As He states that He is the great I AM. We do not have the ability to understand Him nor can we begin to describe Him. Isaiah 40:12-31 and Job 38:1-39:30 show us that He is an awesome God and is beyond our description. In our arrogance we can try to live our lives thinking that we do not need God or that we can live outside of His will. We would only be fooling ourselves. Our ignorance of His Word will not change who He is. Whether one accepts it or not, “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on His holy throne” (Psalm 47:8) and “look, every life belongs to Me. The life of the father is like the life of the son–both belong to Me. The person who sins is the one who will die (Ezekiel 18:4). Our acceptance of Christ as our Lord and Savior is our acceptance of His love for us (Acts 3:25; Galatians 3:8-9), and it acknowledges His sovereignty in our lives. He loved us from the very beginning before we were even conceived (Exodus 6:6-7). God made the promise to His people in the past, and He has kept it for today and for fulfillment in the future. He knew we would be here to make a decision for Him. We follow Christ with our obedience to His Word and by trusting that He is who He says He is…the great I AM. Praise His name for the Lord is great! (Psalm 135:1-7, 138:1-8)