The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Psalm 33:10-11 (NIV)
We may be living in a time of political chaos and utter uncertainty about the future of our country, but there is one truth we can stand solidly upon: “the plans of the Lord stand firm forever.”
We may be tempted to cling to fear or discouragement instead of this truth, but the God who created this world and loves us with a “love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19) wants us to remember that he is in control. He wants us to know with absolute certainty that no matter what circumstances surround us, “the purposes of his heart” will prevail. Our God is the Almighty One, and nothing can hinder the plans he has made for the good of his people.
On the contrary, the world has no such power of its own; it can never rise up against our God and win. Most certainly, God can thwart the “plans of the nations” and the “purposes of the peoples” without any effort at all. We may see impossible situations and a future of darkness before us, but God sees an opportunity to act and a perfect occasion to build up his kingdom. God is full of light and love, and he can dispel the deepest darkness, dismantling any plans that rise up against his.
With God, we have such great hope–not only in the fact that nothing can stop Him, but also because his plans and purposes come from straight from his heart! Throughout all generations, God implements his plans with an unfailing, lavish love for his people. Indeed, that is what drives his purposes forward: the goodness of his heart.
There are so many days I am tempted to cling to fear, but when I open the pages of the Bible, my fear melts away as I meet the unalterable truths of God and the unending love he has for us. Daily I pray that he will renew my mind with a strength and peace that only he can give. And I pray that his love will guide me to fulfill the desires of his heart.
As believers, we are called to live with purpose, even in the most uncertain of days. May we reach out and fearlessly take hold of the plans God has for us!