The Lord Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen’.
This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations. For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back? Isaiah 14:24, 26-27 (NIV)
Some people go through life in the belief that they are in total control of their own destiny. It is often only when tragedy strikes that they question this assumption. Being faced with human mortality and frailty causes us to question our basic assumptions about life and confronts us with the question ‘who is ultimately in control – me or God?’
If you’ve ever been injured, suffered a bereavement, lost your job or something equally dramatic, you will have realised that your hold on life and the things of the world are tenuous.
You probably look at the world news and it might seem to you that things are out of control, with wicked people prospering and no one being able to hold them accountable. This negative view of world events can make us reach the conclusion that if there is a God, he is not particularly interested in our day-to-day affairs.
However, the verses above from Isaiah 14 tell us that God has a plan for the whole world and that must mean every country, nation and people (including the ones that have no regard for him).
Many people doubt that God is in control, because they hold the view that if he was, he wouldn’t allow sickness, tragedy or disasters to happen. We need to remember that the world, as we now see it, is not as God designed it. When sin entered the world, everything was tainted by sin and its effects. Only when Christ returns and the new creation is put in place will things be back to how God designed them.
As Christians we should pray that God will give us a very real understanding of his redemption plan for the world. Additionally, we need to be clear of the part he wants us to play in sharing the good news about Jesus and the forgiveness he offers; forgiveness brought about by his death and resurrection. If sin (that separates us from God) is mankind’s major problem, then God’s plan was and still is to offer a way back to him through his son, Jesus Christ.
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