The Proverbs, mostly spoken by King Solomon, are packed full of wise sayings. We read these sometimes and think, “Wow, that is really simple and really smart.” But then we usually immediately forget them and move on. However, there is a theme we find in scripture that the Proverbs speak to that has served me well in my life. It is good to never forget this.
Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV) — 9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
Proverbs 19:21 (NKJV) — 21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.
As we read scripture, we see this theme over and over again. God is sovereign. This doesn’t just mean that God is in charge. This means that God directs even the smallest of details. The wind in your face, the stop light at the intersection, that phone call when you are late getting out the door…these are all things God uses to direct us into the exact path He wants us. The Proverbs tell us that even a single man is directed by the will of God. I am acutely aware of God’s hand upon me. I often let it slip my mind and forget, but He always brings it back to my remembrance. Think of the world this way. If you know that God is in control of even the smallest details of your everyday life, then you will live in a peace that you have never known. God has a personal plan for each of us; we need worry about nothing. God also has a plan for the entire world.
Psalm 33:10–11 (NKJV) — 10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. 11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.
Look around us today. With modern technology, we can instantly see what is happening everywhere in the world. This can be quite discouraging. We see all the evil and rebellion against God that is going on in the world. This rebellion is not just from the average person, but from entire governments. Look at our own government. We are well into an acceleration of calling right wrong and wrong right. Our government is now telling us that we must accept sin as something that is good and we are told that we are evil if we don’t accept that sin.
Don’t worry, this “counsel of the nations” will come to nothing. God is using this to take the world to its great culmination, the return of Jesus Christ and the judgment of the nations.
Isaiah 46:10 (NKJV) — 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’
None of what is going on in the world is hidden from God. He doesn’t make anyone sin, but He does orchestrate the outcome. God declares the beginning from the end. This carries the full weight of two different forms of God’s sovereignty. First, God knows everything that will ever happen. He sees the beginning and the end together. But second, God declares what will happen and makes it happen. Only God’s counsel will stand. No other counsel will come to fruition, only God’s. He will do ALL His pleasure.
Hebrews 6:17 (NKJV) — 17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,
God’s counsel is immutable. It can’t be taken away, it can’t be annulled, it can’t be moved. What God says…is. The great thing is that God has made many promises and oaths to us. If God can’t lie and his counsel is immutable, then we can rest in the knowledge that God’s sovereign will in our lives and controlling the nations is for our ultimate good. It is for the greatest blessings every dreamed.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Proverbs 30-31
- Day 2 – Ecclesiastes 1-4
- Day 3 – Ecclesiastes 5-8
- Day 4 – Ecclesiastes 9-12
- Day 5 – Song of Solomon 1-8
- Day 6 – Isaiah 1-4
- Day 7 – Isaiah 5-8