There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand. (Pro 19:21)
This article is a meditation upon the concept that our God and Savior is in control of life’s events. Even in those cases where something that is negative or harmful occurs, the Lord can ultimately bring glory to Himself by delivering us. He can also cause something that was intended to harm us turn into an opportunity for us to receive a blessing! (Gen 50:20; Rom 8:28)
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Ps 46:1) – God is not with us in trouble merely to comfort or strengthen us, but to protect and help us. Hallelujah!
The Lord has made all for Himself, yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. (Pro 16:4) – The Lord has created everything for His own purposes, and He gave human beings a free will even though He knew that a percentage of us would rebel against Him and reject Him.
A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (Pro 16:9) – We make our own, fleshly plans; but the Lord in His mercy and goodness directs the circumstances of our lives according to His good plan for us.
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord. (Pro 16:33) – Even the most seemingly accidental, chance, unexpected, or unplanned events are under God’s control. Trust Him and rely upon His love for you.
But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. (Ps 115:3) – Our God is a merciful and loving God, so He will show mercy whenever and wherever He chooses to do so. Because He can see the end from the beginning, He knows what events need to take place in our lives in order to accomplish His good plans for us.
The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand . . . (Isa 14:24) – God’s good purposes and plans for us shall stand for He will bring them to pass.
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jer 32:27) – Whatever our difficulty or challenge or heartache, NOTHING is too difficult for God to turn it around. Praise the Lord!
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. (Mt 10:29) – We know that God cares for us vastly more than the sparrows, so this verse opens our eyes to the truth that He diligently watches over us in all of the details of our lives.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. (Rom 13:1) – We must recognize that God even determines who will have authority at every level of a nation’s hierarchy. He determines when and for how long a person will be in authority, even our employers, overseers, or business partners.
God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God. (Ps 62:11) – All power comes from God because it all belongs to Him. Therefore, whatever position of power, authority or influence that you may have, be conscientious, kind, respectful and merciful to others. You will one day give an account of yourself.
. . . not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Pet 3:9)
We are called to bless others and to be a blessing. Living in obedience to God’s will always causes us to inherit blessings. Recognizing that God is not only in control of all things, but that He watches over us in order to be able to bless and help us will make it quite easy for us to want to help others.