God's sovereign plan and His moral heart are both real. Read the book of Habakkuk. It was God who raised up the cruel Babylonians to attack Israel, as a punishment for Israel's sins (Hab. 1:5-11). It was also God who pronounced woe against the Babylonians, for their cruelty (Hab. 2:6-20). Chapter one reveals God's sovereign plan, chapter two expressed His moral being. Don't listen to any who teach that God is only sovereign but not loving or righteous. I know that sounds impossible, but there are some preachers out there who turn God's invitations and warnings into empty phrases. And don't listen to any who say that God is only love and righteousness but that He is not "really" in control of everything. This latter idea is probably more widespread. Both are true about our Lord, both are real, but different Scriptures reveal different parts of God to us.
Jack is the teaching elder of Ironworks Pike Community Church. He is a graduate of Columbia Biblical Seminary http://www.ciu.edu.