“Then Job replied to the Lord, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.””
Job 42:1-2, NIV
It’s easy sometimes to look at all that’s going on in the world and wonder if God has noticed how desperate things are! Can’t you see, Lord, how man is continually violating Your Word and perverting Your laws? Can’t you see, Lord, how people who do not know you are using their power and authority to do terrible things all over the earth? Don’t you know, Lord, that people are calling good, evil and evil, good? Haven’t you noticed, Lord that Your enemies are gaining ground?
But as with all things in God, there is another side to the story and a timing in history that is critical to the plans of God. We saw that with the birth of Jesus there was a right time for Him to come and fulfil the prophecies of Isaiah. And, as the Psalmist expresses it, “The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming” (Psalm 37:12-13).
And so it is today – the world may have chosen to reject the authority of God’s Word and become their own authority, but just as the law of gravity is unchangeable, so are God’s laws. And one day, again when the time is right, God has made it very clear that there is a time coming when the wicked will regret their scoffing at the authority of God. While there may be many things yet to unfold as the stone of history rolls down the hills of time, world events are happening at a frightening speed. The earth is groaning with pain and those who love the Lord are desperate for the joy that will come in the morning, when our Saviour bursts through the clouds at the right time. Let us never forget that God has had a plan from the very beginning – 2000 years ago Part 1 of His redemptive plan was fulfilled. Part 2 cannot be very far away!
No matter what Satan and all the powers of darkness might do to pervert and control the world through rebellion and evil – God laughs! His plan cannot be thwarted. Let those who know and love Him be like the wise virgins – ready to welcome Him as the sands of time reach their conclusion and Jesus returns to Earth as King of His Kingdom. No wonder both John the Baptist and Jesus began their public ministries by saying “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). For, as the foolish virgins discovered, when He comes it is already too late. God’s plans will not be thwarted.
Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, that You will one day fulfil Part 2 of the plans of God and this time the whole world will see your coming. Thank You that God’s plans cannot be thwarted and that nothing which Satan can do will ever frustrate His ultimate plans. Help me to remain faithful to You, until You either take me to yourself or come again! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.