We live in a world where things happen that honestly on this side of heaven we just don’t understand. I can’t tell you the number of funerals I’ve attended where the speakers eloquently pontificates on how God took the deceased because He needed him to tend His garden. However, this directly contradicts Scripture. If you follow this line of logic, you’d have to reach the conclusion that God kills people. In John 10:10, we are reminded that, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” James 1:17 continues this thought when it says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” The truth is, we live in a fallen world and bad things do happen even to good people, but God is a good God and does not send bad things our way.
This idea that everything that happens is caused by God, is known in the church as the Sovereignty Doctrine. The word “sovereign” is not used in the King James Version of the Bible. When it is used in other translations, it is always used in association with the word “LORD” and is the equivalent of the King James Version’s “LORD God.” Not a single one of those times is the word “sovereign” used in the manner that it has come to be used in religion in our day and time.