By David Jeremiah
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1
Sometimes after a calamitous event, a well-meaning person will say, “Not to worry. God is still on His throne and everything will be alright.” That is definitely true, and such statements affirm our belief in the sovereignty and providence of God in all things. But the word “still” poses a bit of a problem.
When we say something is “still” true it suggests the possibility that one day it might not be true. It suggests that we have looked into heaven to see if something terrible occurred because God was momentarily away from His throne. Relieved, we say, “No—God is still on the throne so we know this event was part of His plan.” By definition, God would not be God if He was not on the throne of God. Indeed, God can never not be God; God can never not be on His throne. That’s why Paul could write verses like Romans 8:28: Even when bad things happen, we know they are within God’s sovereign plan to conform us to Christ’s image. Bad things happen while God is on His throne, not while He is not on His throne.
Let us praise God today that He has always been on His throne and always will be.
The fixed point in the universe, the unalterable fact, is the throne of God. —G. Campbell Morgan