The world we live in is a treacherous one. Tragedy will strike. A loved one will get diagnosed with cancer, a friend dies unexpectedly in a car accident, or we find our selves laid off without any way to pay the bills. So often events like these cause us wonder if God was sleeping when all these terrible events were happening. How could God have let this happen? Is he really all powerful and all knowing? These questions can rise up all too often in our minds. As always, we can find answers in God’s word.
In Isaiah 14, God begins to announce his oracles against the foreign nations who were enemies of Israel. The next few chapters following chapter 14 of Isaiah are harsh judgements against these pagan nations for their treacherous idolatry and sin. However, in Isaiah 14:26-27 Isaiah makes a powerful statement about the sovereignty and power of God, even over the great nations of the earth. Here is what he says:
This is the purpose that is purposed concerning the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations. For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?
So often we forget that the God of the Bible is all powerful and all controlling over the history of the world. You see, God isn’t caught off guard by anything that happens in your life. He isn’t distracted or taking a cat nap when calamity strikes. Our God is a sovereign king and moving all things into motion according to his plan and purpose. Our God has the power to crush nations by the sheer force of his will. He knows all and controls all that happens in this world. God is not surprised by your circumstances, but rather he purposes them for your good and His glory (Rom 8:28).
Therefore, as we live our lives, let us rest in the complete sovereignty of God. When we are dealt a hand of suffering, let us rejoice because we know that “the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:3). When we are out sharing the Gospel to friend we know that we are responsible to share it, but God is the one who saves a man’s soul. When we are concerned about the state of national affairs, let us rest in the comfort of God’s sovereignty to which nations are but mere drops in a bucket (Is 40:15).
Although suffering is not easy to endure, and the divine purpose of events are sometimes concealed from us, and take rest and comfort in the goodness and power of God’s almighty will.