One of the wonderful aspects of the truth we looked at yesterday—that God has a plan of good which He has laid out for history–is that God is absolutely faithful: He plans, and then unwaveringly, inexorably and powerfully keeps on course.
This is obvious in the dozens of prophecies given in the Old Testament which are carefully fulfilled in the New Testament, many of them thousands of years after being given. God promises and He brings it to pass, period.
The rebellion and evil of Satan, of men, of me cannot derail His purposes. He has the infinite ability to weave our evil actions into the overall outcome of good that He desires. As Joseph said to his brothers near the end of his life: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Gen 50:20)
This is also seen in Daniel’s life, where every attack on him resulted in more glory for God and more influence for Daniel. “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand” (Pro. 19:21).
This is especially encouraging to me as I watch Barbara spiral down into dementia. God has a plan here and I can trust Him.
God’s faithfulness assures the right overall outcome, while He allows sinful human beings to choose a certain amount of evil against His will, the greatest of which is the rejection of Jesus as Lord and Savior.
His plans are so certain that they can be expressed as finished before they come to pass: “…the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world” Rev 13:8b. The certainty that Jesus would die for us was so solid, so set in stone that God was able to express it as being done before history even began.
You, the living God, the Triune Lord, are all we need, for you are the Creator and Ruler of all. To you be glory today as I join you in the flow of events, listening to your Spirit, living in your power according to your Word, being a being of praise. May you be exalted in my life today. Amen.