Sometimes we look at our circumstances and wonder if God really has a plan for us. Or we wonder if somehow, God had a plan for us, but because of our own mistakes or sins, or perhaps because of some unforeseen circumstances, perhaps God’s plans for us have been thwarted.
After all, how many times have we made plans in our own lives, only to have them thwarted by things we didn’t expect?
But here, God makes it very clear that his purposes can never be thwarted. He says,
Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand…For the Lord has purposed and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out and who can turn it back? (24, 27)
Obviously in this passage, God is talking about the coming judgment of Assyria. That though they were a mighty army and were causing havoc in Israel and Judah, yet he would crush them, and break the yoke that they had placed on his people.
And so even though the Israelites were suffering at the Assyrians’ hands because of their sin against God, and it seemed like all hope was gone, God still had a plan for them. And nothing, not even their greatest enemies could keep God’s purpose from being accomplished in their lives.
In the same way, God still has a plan for us. We may sin as the Israelites did and be suffering as a result. Or we may be finding ourselves under siege from the enemy of our souls and feel like there’s no way out. We might feel like there’s no way God’s plan can be fulfilled in our lives.
But God tells us that his plan still stands. Nothing catches him by surprise. And he always has in mind what he’s going to do. Nothing, not us, not Satan, nor anyone else in this world can stop his plan from being accomplished.
So don’t get discouraged. Don’t lose hope. Rather, let us keep our eyes on him, and have hearts that are open to him, ready to do his will. For as David wrote,
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever. (Psalm 138:8)