Isaiah 14:24, NIV
“The Lord Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.’”
As a child I always took great comfort from the words of my Dad. I was always totally secure because I knew that my Dad was in charge of everything pertaining to my life. I knew that I was safe in the home, and that Mum and Dad together would always honour their promises to us as children. Home was a safe place because I could trust them. What Dad planned always happened.
Obviously, ‘my world’ at that time was only a tiny portion of the world that God had made and I was only one of billions of people that made up God’s huge family. But because of the security that had been built into my life by my parents it was an easy step for me to understand that God really did have the whole world in His hands and that I could trust what He says in His word.
World events of the past twelve months have shaken all the nations. As the financial structures through which the nations govern the world collapse, fear and insecurity have disturbed the peace of many. The world seems to be changing shape at an ever-increasing rate and in the midst of confusion, the sense of imminent danger, even disaster, is never far away. In such circumstances is there anyone we can trust? Does anyone know what they’re doing?!
The world has gone through tough times before – on many occasions. When you read Scripture you see that there is a golden thread of the purposes of God being fulfilled that is woven into the fabric of every book of the Bible. And when you read history you see how in all seasons God has been slowly working out His purposes on the pages of man’s story. And as our Scripture assures us – what God has planned, He will fulfil. The purposes of God will always stand like immoveable rocks – we can trust Him. And to be more specific, it is only He who can be trusted. Knowing that He is in charge is the ultimate comfort for the believer. No matter what is happening around us, we are secure in Him, both for time and for eternity.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You are in charge of Planet Earth! I’m so glad that whatever happens I can trust you at all times and in all circumstances. Help me, Lord, not to be afraid, but to trust in Your unfailing love as your plans and purposes are fulfilled. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.