Prayer for the day
Come, let us sing to the LORD; let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hands are the caverns of the earth, and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands have molded the dry land.
Scripture for the day
It has been truly and regularly said that the plans of God are above and beyond the plans of people. We don’t understand the plans of God, and we certainly wouldn’t believe them to be the absolute best even if we did understand them, because of our limited ability to apprehend the things of God. Regardless of our ability, God’s plans always work toward the best for the people of God.
When Jeremiah prophesies against Babylon, it’s easy to look at the prophecy as vengeful on the part of the prophet. After all, the Babylonians are the ones who have been persecuting the prophet’s people. Yet instead of vengeance on the part of Jeremiah, what we see is justice on the part of God. God’s plans for justice and for mercy come in God’s timing and with God’s detail. It is not up to the Babylonians or the Israelites or anyone else to judge the plans of God. It is up to them, and to us, to praise the God whose plans they are.
In the book of Hebrews the plan of God is expounded upon, the plan to give the new covenant in the blood of Jesus, the plan to bring the people back to God, to write the law on their hearts and to call them God’s people once again.
The plans of God reflect the incredible character of God. May you rejoice in the plans He has for you.