Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. – Isaiah 46:10
God spoke through Isaiah to Judah about their pride and spiritual prostitution, which was serving other gods made of wood, metal and stone. The message from the prophet was one of coming judgment on Judah for her sins, but it contained a message of hope in that God would not wipe out the whole of Israel. He intended to keep a remnant for himself, as His inheritance among the peoples of the earth. Isaiah even gave examples of gods worshiped by the people but presented evidence, as spoken by God, of God’s omnipotence. God is the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful God who knows the end from the beginning. He does whatever He desires, and it happens!
Why do we live our lives haphazardly and try to order the events of our lives, as though we really have any power over how it turns out? This statement may seem glib to some, but there is much truth to be had here. God knows before we are even born whether we will serve him and love him and be his child. He knows the outcome of every decision we make and the choices we have before they even happen. Therefore, why do we try to order our lives without consulting the One who knows the ultimate outcome?
We’ve all said and thought that we were going to do this or that and live life as we see fit. God will not force his will on us or make us do something we don’t want to do. However, there is a consequence for not obeying God. It may not be a lifetime in eternal torment, but there is a price to pay for veering off the course God sets before us. The truth is that if we don’t do what God desires for us to do, He will raise up someone else to get the job done. Isaiah states that everything God plans will come to pass. He does what He desires, not what we desire.
Even the apostle James wrote,
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.
We need to ensure that we seek God in all of our plans and do what he wants, not necessarily what we think or desire. Our desires should be like those of Jesus and to do only what we hear the Father tell us to do. If we could learn to be that sensitive to his Spirit and hear his instructions in order to obey him, we’d have lives filled with less chaos and confusion. We’d be out expanding the kingdom of God, as he desires. Even Jesus before he was executed told God that he wanted God’s will to be done and not his own. That should be our earnest prayer and desire – daily! Since God knows the end before it begins, we cannot hide from him anything in our hearts. Let’s do what He wants us to do and nothing less.
Father, since you know what I am going to do before I do it, I ask you to help me to become more sensitive to your Spirit and truly hear what you desire for me to do in this lifetime. I spoke with a dear friend today who struggles with not being able to do something “more” for you other than what the daily grind offers. We, both, desire to be out in the field working for you and caring for the lost, the sick, the lame, and the less fortunate. We tend to think of Luke 4:18-19 as our mantra, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. You have called us both from our mothers’ wombs to serve as prophets and servants to the nations. IF it is your will that we should partner up and work as a team in service to you, then so be it. You know what we ask before we ask, but I ask for it. Your servant, James, said we don’t have it because we either don’t ask for it or ask with wrong motive. The request I make today is in alignment with your word, and I await your all-knowing answer. I’m just a lowly son relying upon his Father’s wisdom. Your will be done, not ours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.