Yes, God Is In Control

“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.” (Isa. 46:8-11)

In the book of Isaiah, God is calling His people to trust Him. Instead of trusting themselves or the help of other pagan kings and false gods, He is calling them to believe that He is sufficient. At the same time, He knows they will not. He knows they are going to fail. And yet, even as He promises judgment, He also promises future blessing and restoration. At the end of the day, God makes clear that nothing will stop His plans and purposes and promises. In fact, this is what separates Him as God: He does whatever He pleases, and He will bring to pass whatever He plans.

And for us today, this is still true. Even if our circumstances are not what we might wish and even if our situation is difficult, this is still true: God is God and there is none like Him. He declares the end from the beginning. His counsel always stands, and He always accomplishes His purposes and does His will. He is carrying out His plan. The same God who was determined to purify and purge Israel as His beloved, chosen people is also determined to purify and purge His people today. He is working for our good. As a good Father who loves His children, He is making sure that we are conformed to the image of Jesus, the perfect Son.

As you walk through this day, do not forget the greatness of your God. Do not forget that He is sovereign. Do not forget that one of the very things that defines Him as God is the fact that He never fails to do what He wants to do. As His child, you belong to Him. As His child, He is working for your good. Trust Him. Even if you cannot see the way forward and you do not understand, trust Him.