I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, "My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose." ( Isaiah 46 9:10)
The Sovereignty of God is such a comfort to a christian. In good times and trials we know God has planned it and decreed it. What ever we go through God has purposed it and is right there with us through it. What really bothers me is that folks actually believe that we have some control over our lives, that we purpose it to happen and then God decrees it? When God said"I am God and there is none like me declaring the end from the beginning", He meant He is Sovereign over our lives. Now you are asking, "Did God declare Evil" and I ask you what about the cross, was that not the most evilest event to ever happen and was it not God that ordained that to happen? Yes!
Daniel 4:34-35 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth;and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”
I think if you question it then you are saying that there is a power greater then God, you are saying He is not on the throne. When a person says that they willed their own salvation they are saying that God's power is not great enough to draw them to Christ, that He needs their permission to become His child.
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
And a favorite verse of mine....
Ephesians 2:1-5 And you [He made alive], who were dead in trespasses and sins, (2) in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, (3) among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. (4) But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (5) even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
*Believers are saved by God's mercy & grace, NOT by man's (freewill?) choice.*
When a person takes credit for their salvation they are denying the Sovereignty of God, they are taking God off the throne and sitting there themselves. Why do folks hate this doctrine so much, because it takes the power out of their hands and places it where it truly belongs. I am so comforted to know that God is in control of my life. I am so comforted to read of men and women in the bible that went through horrific events in their lives and trusted in the Sovereignty of God, Knowing, He has a purpose in the end that He would be glorified. The affliction of so many fellow Christians that suffered in the name of Christ and trusted that "The lot is cast in the lap,but every decision is from the Lord." God decreed that Job would suffer, Paul, John the Baptist and mostly Jesus Christ and each time it brought Him Glory!
Folks when you are going through a trial realize that God is using it to bring Him glory, be joyous that He is right there with you and the pain you may be experiencing will one day shine in heaven and you will hear those words "Well done good and faithful servant"? - Matthew 25:21."
God is absolutely sovereign. "Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases!" (Psalm 115:3).
God is Holy, so we know in the end what ever happens it is good!