Wednesday, December 16, 2009
God's plan will prevail
Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;
propose your plan, but it will not stand,
for God is with us.
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
(1 John 5:4-5)
The world can be a scary place: global warming, economic meltdown, pandemics, terrorist's threats, governmental control, persecution. The world system can use all these issues to scare and control us.
So what determines how I react, how I live? Where do I put my trust? Am I driven by fear or am I driven by faith?
Isaiah 8:10 and a "sister" passage from 1 John (above) give us assurance that regardless of how the enemies of the cross shall come together and threaten to undo us, they shall not prevail, "for God is with us."
He will protect His people. When those of us who have put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are faced with threats from the world, we have an assurance that those plans and powers shall not ultimately prevail, "for God is with us."
The LORD has commanded us not to walk as the world walks, not to cry out danger when the world cries out danger, not to fear what the world fears, not to call evil "good" and good "evil" as the world does, but to believe in God and be obedient to his Word. He is our strong tower (1); He will never leave us nor forsake us (2); He is our great salvation (3).
He who believes that Jesus is the Son of God is he who has overcome the world and is not a victim of its schemes.
(1) Psalm 61:3; (2) Joshua 1:5; (3) Hebrews 2:3