Welcome, friends! I hope you’re doing well and enjoying nice fall weather like we’ve been this week. In the coming days when I’m tempted to complain about the cold or the rain, I want to remember this nice stretch of sunshine and mild temperatures!
I’m currently reading through Isaiah during my Bible time in the mornings. It’s long been one of my favorite Old Testament books. Here’s the verse that stood out to me yesterday.
“The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:” ~Isaiah 14:24
In context, Isaiah is prophesying the destruction of Israel’s enemies. He is describing how God will punish those nations.
In this particular verse, he’s assuring his listeners that what God has determined will happen. His plans cannot be thwarted.
This is certainly true for the nation of Israel. Yet it’s also true in each one of our lives.
So what does this truth remind us of?
1. God’s faithfulness to His promises.
What promises? There are so many! Protection, guidance, His presence, and a home in Heaven, just to name a few. Get into God’s Word, find a promise of God for your life, and believe that He will fulfill it.
2. God’s unlimited power.
Isaiah tells us in this chapter how God will bring everything together to defeat Israel’s enemies. He’s going to move other countries and arrange circumstances so that His will is accomplished.
There’s nothing that God can’t do in our lives. He is all-powerful and can answer our prayers and meet our needs in ways we may not even imagine.
3. God knows the future.
It’s clear from this passage that God knows the beginning, the middle, and the end of the story for Israel. And that’s certainly true for what you and I are facing today.
We can have peace as we rest in the fact that our God already knows how situations will be resolved, how needs will be met. He is a good God and we can trust Him for today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter.
4. God is all-wise.
In his highest wisdom, God brings to pass His plans. We never have to worry about those plans not working out. He knows exactly what needs to be done to accomplish His will in our lives. Nothing that happens is a mistake.
5. God’s resourcefulness.
God can use people (who may even be unaware of what He’s doing) and what appear to us to be random circumstances to accomplish his purposes. Everything is at His disposal. We may not see a way out or a way clear for God to work, but He is always in control.
Here’s another reminder from Isaiah of how great our God is.
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure…yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” ~Isaiah 46:9-11
We can rest in the truth that God keeps His promises and that His plans for us cannot be thwarted. As we seek to follow Him each day, He will guide us and keep us in His care.