When I was reading my Bible last night, I came across this interesting paragraph:

“Look in the scroll of the LORD and read:

None of these will be missing,

not one will lack her mate.

For it is his mouth that has given the order,

and his Spirit will gather them together.

He allots their portions;

his hand distributes them by measure.

They will possess it forever

and dwell there from generation to generation.” (1)

It’s part of a chapter where God expresses his displeasure of the land of Edom (where the country of Jordan is today), how they would be overthrown, and how the land would become a habitat for different birds and animals. What fascinated me was the first line. This was written in the scroll of the Lord. God had written down what his intentions were, and once written, nothing could change what he said. That was it. God showed a care for his creation by guaranteeing, in writing, a home for Edom’s birds and animals.

The Bible also says, “This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations. For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” (2) Whether God writes or speaks his word, once the word leaves him it is fixed. It can never be changed, neither can it be stopped. If God says something is going to happen, it happens.

Ever since the world was created, it has moved through time in keeping with God’s plan for it. Despite men rebelling against God and choosing to go their own way, for which they will have to take responsibility, they have never been able to stop God moving his plan forward. His plan is to bring to an end the suffering and death caused by sin, to provide a salvation from sin for mankind, and to take us into an eternity where we can be completely happy. It sounds great doesn’t it? Isn’t that what we all want? Freedom from sin, suffering and death? Complete happiness? So why do we persist in rejecting the God who offers it to us?

One reason we reject God is because of our pride. Despite the overwhelming evidence stacked up against us we refuse to accept our guilt, our sinfulness. We insist that we’re not sinners. We believe we’re good enough to live without God, and we will one day find our own way to eternal happiness.

It’s strange how we can say and believe such things when none of it makes sense. Once we reject God, even denying his existence, there’s nothing else. It’s God or nothing. If nothing, then when you die that’s it. No hope, no heaven, no chance of ever seeing relatives or friends again. It’s bleak. Saying we’re not sinners when we can hardly get through a day without doing or thinking something wrong is just lying to ourselves. We’d rather do that than face up to the truth of what we are. Yet when we do face up to it, accept there is a God and that we’re sinners, the prospect of eternal happiness opens up to us.

Eternal happiness is within your grasp because God has planned it that way, and his plans can never be thwarted. However, to have it you must first subscribe to the plan, which means you have to accept that you’re a sinner, believe that when Jesus died he died paying the penalty for your sins, acknowledge Jesus as your Saviour and commit to following him. Sound easy? That’s because it is. It’s all you have to do. God planned it that way.

 

Bible References:

  • Isaiah 34:16,17
  • Isaiah 14:26,27