There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. Proverbs 21:30
I was listening to a podcast from White Horse Inn the other day featuring Tim Keller as its guest. The host asked Pastor Keller about how he sees the current status and future of the church. His response? “While there may be fewer people who profess to be Christians there’s still millions and millions of faithful Christians. And I know that no plan will ever succeed against God’s plan.”
It’s a message that so many of us need to hear these days. Faced with religious persecution in places typically seen as stalwarts of religious freedom, the ever encroaching sinful teachings of the world in our schools, and the disdain so many seem to have toward Christians, it may at times feel like this is it. The one time God’s plan is going to fail. But like the song says, “It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You.”
We humans have such a limited view of the world’s timeline. What’s happening now can seem like “the worst ever.” We need to remember the state of the world during Jesus’s life and the years following. The Jews being persecuted by the Romans. Christians being persecuted by the Jews, the Romans and so many others. All but one of the apostles faced terrible deaths. It’s a miracle this thing we call Christianity and the Bible even survived. Not only did it survive but it has thrived because it is God’s plan.
Friend, our shortsightedness may make us scratch our heads or even worse, fall into despair, when we see evil succeed. That script needs to be flipped today. Evil people and their plans that are celebrated are short sighted victories. Our victory, God’s victory, is eternal. We need to keep our eyes forward and upward asking Him for help in following His plan, not ours, and definitely not someone else’s. The Bible is filled with stories of people jumping ahead of Him or worse, leaving God out completely. Let’s learn from their mistakes and believe that He is the Way, the Truth and the Light.
Victorious Lord, I want to follow your plan, your path to eternal victory. Guide my steps, my mind and my heart so that I am not following the way of the world but instead your assured plan. Amen