When I was discouraged recently, and praying over the US situation with so many of our political leaders uttering and living in deceit, my wife Margaret shared with me what she had just written in her personal devotions that morning, “God rules all history (His-story) – the coming and goings of kings and rulers, the rise and fall of empires and nations, the beginning and ending, and usefulness of organizations and missions.”
“…as I have planned; so shall it be; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand … this is the purpose that is purposed concerning the whole earth and this is the hand that is stretched out over all nations. For the Lord of Hosts has purposed and who will annul it? His hand is stretch out, who will turn it back?” (Isaiah 14: 24, 26, 27).
“Our God rules in the individual lives of people on earth. In my life …, ‘I cry out to God most, to God who fulfills His purpose for me’” (Psalm 57:2).
Whether individuals acknowledge God or not, He is controlling each or their lives – for righteousness, good, or for judgment. “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand!’ (Proverbs 19:21).
adapted from August 23, 2012 entry