by: carole l. haines
I find it encouraging that there are so many stories and examples throughout the Bible, of God’s Will being accomplished is spite of the frailty of mankind. So often people just plain flubbed it up, got it wrong, went astray, disobeyed. Abraham lied about his wife, Job’s friends falsely accused him, and spoke wrongly about God. Sarah didn’t believe God’s promise, and manipulated her husband. Jacob stole his brother’s birthright. Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers. Jonah ran in the opposite direction of where God told him to go. Story after story after story. Yet somehow God’s Will was always accomplished. Isaac was born and became the heir of Abraham, despite Sarah’s manipulative ways. Job prayed for his faithless friends and God forgave them. Joseph was used mightily to sustain his people in a time of great famine. And then there is Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist: “And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.” (Luke 1:20 NASB)
God’s words will be fulfilled in their proper time, how encouraging. God’s intentions, His promises, His words, will be fulfilled in their proper time. Despite our flub-ups, our getting it wrong, our disobedience, our fears, our failures, our spiritual blindness, God’s Will prevails.
God’s Word says this: “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. (Job 42:2 NASB)
And again, it says:
I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me. (Psalm 57:2 NASB)
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. (Psalm 138:8 NASB)
I can trust God to fulfill His good plan for my life, despite all my flub-ups. Mishaps, foolish mistakes, side-tracks, etc. Praise God Almighty, that He is indeed almighty.
Father, I messed it up again, please make a way back to Your perfect will. I trust your word when it speaks to me these truths.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6 NASB)