I'm a planner.
And I love it when all goes as planned. But how often does that happen? I mean, let's get real... life gets in the way, and interruptions happen. Just take laundry, for instance. Unless I want to keep hitting the button to 'refresh' the load in the dryer so I can fold the warm clothes later, I'm going to have to stop what I'm doing when that buzzer goes off. I'm going to have to take orders from an appliance and interrupt the plan I made that day.
Even if my plan includes laundry.
I still get irritated when it keeps me from the flow of finishing something more important I started on my to-do list. So I typically use it as an excuse later if I don't accomplish all that's on my list. Because, I'll be honest, I'm not always as focused as I should be.
But God is determined.
And He has a plan for the whole world, as it says in our verse today. Wow! That blows my mind. I mean, I can barely plan my day for just me... and get it all done. But here is God, who has had a plan for the whole world for all of eternity. And He is DETERMINED to accomplish it. And no one can thwart Him.
Because He has a purpose.
And God's purpose's are good toward us. And no matter what people on earth do... no matter what evil they conjure or how far they wander from God, He will still accomplish His purpose. Because He is MIGHTY.
Here, let's consider what Luke wrote in the book of Acts...
You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
“‘Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.
Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.
They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
Acts 4:25-28 NIV
The hand of God is powerful.
God's going to accomplish His good purposes toward us, no matter what. And He can use even the most wrong-hearted people to finish His to-do list. To Him, they're probably just like that annoying laundry buzzer. His hand is mighty... so He stops to fold, no big deal. God will get His way. He will finish. And His purpose and plan is good.
Won't you trust Him today?
No matter what is going on in the news? No matter what you think of this leader or that social pressure? God is still sitting securely on His throne. He's not ruffled or upset by what He sees. Nothing's 'news' to Him. He can work all things for good with His capable hand.
And His hand is over you today.
from my heart...
I write as an overflow... an expression of my true love for God and with a deep desire to encourage others in their day to day lives. For we can only find peace, joy, and satisfaction when we yield to the One who yielded His life for us.