Don’t Fret: God’s Purposes Will Stand

Posted on February 22, 2020

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David Ettinger

Mounting Hostility
It appears as if Christianity is losing, or at least taking a beating. Just look at the evidence:

  • Christianity is often on the short end of Supreme Court decisions.
  • America’s public schools have declared war on God and Christian values.
  • TV entertainment has completely gone off the rails with most cable fare serving up putrid portions of nudity, violence, and profanity.
  • Repeated assertions of the Bible being no more than a textbook for hate mongers.

Yet, in the midst of the chaos, we have this promise: “The Lord Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen’” (Isaiah 14:24).

The Context
This soaring assurance comes amid a pronouncement of monumental judgment upon Babylon. At the time of Isaiah’s prophecy, Babylon was on the rise, but had not yet become the most powerful nation on Earth. However, it soon would be, and when it got there, Babylon would attack Judah, destroy Jerusalem, and take captive the majority of her population.

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However, God would not desert Israel. Instead, He would save her, redeem her, and punish Babylon for her cruelty and paganism. God declares: “I will rise up against them. I will wipe out Babylon’s name and survivors, her offspring and descendants. I will turn her into a place for owls and into swampland; I will sweep her with the broom of destruction” (Isaiah 14:22-23).

In the height of Babylon’s glory, exiled Israelites would read these words and wonder how such a thing could happen to the seemingly indestructible empire. They would wonder if God had the capability to pull it off. His reply: “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen” (v. 24).

What God has planned and purposed, He will surely accomplish.

God’s Plan and Purpose
What about today? What has God promised to His people who love Jesus? What are His plans and purpose for believers that “will happen”? There are many, but let’s look at an elite few.

1. God promises that no matter what happens in this world, the soul of the Christian is untouchable. Jesus says: “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day” (John 6:39-40). Here is a wondrous promise of eternal security, salvation, and life.

2. Jesus promises Christians that Jesus will return: “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).

3. When Christ returns, He will rapture the Church and usher believers into first the Millennial (1,000-year) Kingdom, and then into eternity:

  • “And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other” (Matthew 24:31).
  • “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
  • “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

The Lord gives us much to look forward to!

Cannot Be Stopped
And yet, here we are, living in a world growing ever more hostile to everything we hold dear. Life will get increasingly difficult for us as we near the end the age. We will continue to be stripped of our rights and freedoms, and circumstances for believers in the West may one day become almost as intolerable as in third-world nations.

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In light of this, we must never forget the promises God has made and His power to bring them to fruition. In the days of Isaiah, God promised to punish Babylon and He did. To believers today who long for Christ’s glorious return, He tells us to be patient and endure. You see, when God promises, it is past, present, and future all at once. In the human realm, God’s promises were made in the past, are waited upon in the present, and will be accomplished in the future. But in the spiritual realm, they are all accomplished.

Though for now we wait, God assures us: “The Lord Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.’”

So take heart, believer, Jesus is coming back! Hang on just a little longer. His promises will be fulfilled. What He has planned and purposed will happen!