God of Heaven and Earth

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.  And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:24-25).

The name of God we are studying today is “God of Heaven and Earth”, a name that describes his sovereignty.  God has supreme power over EVERYTHING – everything on the earth and everything in the spiritual realm.

In this world, having power completely concentrated in one person is often a bad thing because it can be used for evil purposes.  It doesn’t take a lot of thought to come up with a list of dictators who’ve used their power for evil throughout history (Stalin, Hitler, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot…).  One of the best things about the federal government of the United States is that it is designed to avoid this – by balancing power across three branches (executive, legislative, judicial) no branch can become too powerful and use it for bad purposes.

How can we have confidence the sovereignty of God is a good thing?  Consider these verses that give us insight into the nature of God –

  • God is love
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10).


  • God is good
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever (Psalm 107:1).
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).
For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord”, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).


  • God is unchanging
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17).


We serve a sovereign God who is love, who is good, and who is unchanging.  In the face of the uncertainty and fear being caused by this pandemic, we can be confident God has it all under control.  He will work it all for good.  That’s who he is.

You are not a God created by human hands
You are not a God dependent on any mortal man
You are not a God in need of anything we can give
By your plan, that’s just the way it is
You are God alone, from before time began
You were on your throne, you are God alone
And right now, in the good times and bad
You are on your throne, you are God alone
Unchangeable, unshakable, unstoppable
That’s what you are
Unchangeable, unshakable, unstoppable
That’s what you are