The Pastor’s Corner
Isaiah 25:1 “Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.”
Living according to God’s plan may involve suffering; nevertheless, God always works for our greatest good. God is the One who knows the end from the beginning.
He is never caught off guard by our circumstances or bewildered by our behavior. He never feels pressured by the passing of time. God has always been — and will always be — in complete control of His creation.
Isaiah’s acceptance of God’s eternal nature, sovereignty, and faithfulness was evident in the way he prayed. He knew that God had a plan — a faithful and sure one formed long ago. Isaiah knew what Jeremiah knew: God’s plans for us have been prepared in advance. “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” ( Jeremiah 1:5) , and they are plans to prosper us: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ( Jeremiah 29:11).
When we understand that God has a plan and that nothing about our existence is haphazard or out of control, it changes the way we pray. And when we understand that we were made on purpose and with a purpose, it changes the way we live. Each of us is intentionally and uniquely handmade by a holy God who has a plan for us.
God has proven time and again that He is able “to rescue the godly from trials” “If this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.” ( 2 Peter 2:9).
He led His followers out of lions’ dens, fiery furnaces, and prisons because He still had plans for those individuals. If there’s still breath in your body, He is not finished with you.
Trust Him to be as He has always been: faithful and sure. Are you still here? Then God still has a great plan for you! He is faithful and sure to fulfill His promises to you. Trust Him!
Prayer: Only You, God, are worthy of my trust. You know the plans You have made for me, and I can rest assured in Your promise. Amen!