Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”
There are some in life that whose path is chosen for them before they were born. Being born into a certain family may mean you follow in the family business; whether it is farming or royalty. But when it comes to being a child of God, there are things He has already declared about our future from the foundation of the world.
Psalms 119:89 “LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”
LAMED – to teach, to yoke, to bind to – a direct meaning of that word that is pictured in God’s Word as a staff to a shepherd. When I take to heart that every word I read in my Bible has already been settled before God said “Let there be light…” is truly an amazing thought.
So, when I read, “…declaring the end from the beginning” I find that my faith is engaged to believe that God already knows my end and has a plan for me to get there. The Word of God bears witness to that fact:
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
My Heavenly Father thought enough about me – personally – to create works for me to do each and every day of my life. Being His child and His purchased possession, I must meet with Him to find out the plan for the day and do my best to carry out that plan. We call it ‘God’s will for my life’.
I must be prepared to do His will – which God tells us:
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
When I submit myself wholly to do as God would lead me to do – a living sacrifice – I can become transformed into something and someone I could never do on my own.
Simple truth today:
When I know that God has the end already taken care of, I can rest in the peace that anything that comes my way has already appeared on His radar. Job said:
Job 23:3 “Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!”
Considering the plight of Job, I would wonder; “Where is God in all this?”
Job 23:8-9 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:”
He looked everywhere and seemingly found nothing. But then we read:
Job 23:10 “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
Faith. Job’s faith carried him over the sea of doubt and confusion to a place of rest and comfort that though he could not see his way through his trouble, God had already gone before and would lead him through this valley as well. In the following verses, we read of that faith:
Job 23:11-14 “My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.”
Job declared to us a key element to making it through unseen trials and tribulation in our life. He said; “… I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” My faith, your faith will never go any farther than the words of the promise of the One who gave it.
There will always be things that will take us by surprise.
I never thought I would think my Dad would have another stroke, but he did.
There was a police officer gunned down this week in Milwaukee – he knew the dangers of the job, but you never wake up thinking, ‘I may be killed today’ – but he was.
Accidents, natural disasters, violence, or declining health; all these are just events that occur in our life. We never plan on them. We cannot keep them from happening. We think we are in control when in reality, there is only One who truly IS in control.
So, today, why don’t we place our faith in the One who has already seen what lies ahead and trust that He will guide us through – come what may!