Sovereignty and Happiness

If God is sovereign, then it follows that he is happy. Sovereignty implies dominion and autonomy, and a sovereign God accomplishes his will because he ordained everything to happen. Such a God is always happy because everything he ordained happened, and he would never do anything to displease himself.

If God is subjugated, then it follows that he is frustrated. Subjugation implies no dominion, no autonomy, and a subjugated God will not always accomplish his will because he did not ordain everything to happen. Such a God will, at times, be frustrated because something he did not ordain happened.

The question then remains: do you serve a sovereign, happy God or a subjugated, frustrated god?

3 replies on “Sovereignty and Happiness”

There is a third answer to your question; neither one! Not because there is no God, but possibly because your “framing stories” are too simplistic, possibly making God “small”!

Do not make this comment to be adversarial or confrontational, but possibly to suggest God is much, much bigger than your post’s “frames” ! Just a thought as I read your, admittedly, very short post!!


If this is the case, what do we do with the verses that refer to God as being wrathful, angry, jealous and vengeful? Yes. God is sovereign. However, He allows for sin, which displeases Him. Why does He allow for sin, if sin does not make Him happy? Because He values His own glory above all, and it is only in comparison to sin that we see the vastness of His glory. God is not happy. He will be, though, as will we when we have our glorified bodies. That, as well as His glory, are the end goals of His sovereignty. Laters.

In Christ,


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