If you are HIS CHILD you should most certainly believe this and hold this tightly in your heart.
His word, His gospel from which we are not to be ashamed, is where these truths are planted and told to us.
He says in Jeremiah 29:11 that HE knows the plans he has for us. This tells me that HE has a plan for me, one to use, so I have a hope and ultimately I know in all things I can count them joy because they will be used for HIS GLORY!
His truth tells me that He knew me when I was in my mothers womb. Psalm 139:13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Sounds like a plan to me.
The book of James tells us that we are not to grumble but count it all joy when we face various trials. Note it does not say “one” trial but various trials. And why are we to count it joy? Because of the final outcome, purpose, or goal of these trials to produce perseverance that you may be made perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
In James’ final chapter 5:7-11 he tells us to persevere, stand firm to the end, and let’s us know that all these trials have a purpose, or an outcome, that is planned by GOD. The word “outcome” according or the translated word of ‘telos‘ means “GOAL.” There is always a GOAL, that is in the mind of GOD, to use every trial for. Look at Job’s life, or anyone in the bible, who endured trials and what was HIS “goal” or planned outcome and purpose.
In the 1828 Websters he describes it like this:
GOAL: The end or final purpose; the end to which a design tends, or which a person aims to reach or accomplish.
GOD has a goal in mind for each of HIS children and will use everything in our life to turn all things for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to HIS purpose/goal/outcome.
I read in Isaiah 30:12 how the people would hang onto their oppression, rely on it instead of GOD, because they refused to trust in him and be quiet in knowing him.
In Isaiah 30:28 It shows how even HE places in the jaws of the people a bit that leads them astray. WHAT? You mean our GOD would lead them astray for a purpose? YEP… HE IS SOVEREIGN and sovereign over ALL THINGS!
Why? For HIS Purpose, HIS goal, HIS glory.
This is good stuff, great truth, of how we are able to rest in HIM and how we really can have that 100% peace in the quiet rest of KNOWING HE IS GOD.
I just love the book of Isaiah. Ok, I love Romans, Ephesians, Hebrews, and Jeremiah too. I guess I love the whole bible actually. I really don’t think there is a verse that is meaningless to me… unless you get to the begats… but the begats just show me how HE was with the lil‘ peon begatters generation after generation.
I love knowing His truth about the END that we read in the book of Revelation. This is where our HOPE is. HE will be the King over ALL the earth (not just part of it) .. and the kingdoms of this world will become HIS kingdoms. Rev. 11:15
Read Isaiah 35: 10 for more great news.
The plowman will overtake the the reaper , mountains will drip with sweet wine, hills shall flow with it. The poor and needy will be rescued when Jesus comes. The ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing (no mourning or crying or grieving or poor or needy) , with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Oh, isn’t this FREEDOM and JOY FILLED news???? I love it!
Does this sound like there will be a ghetto, sorrow, turmoil, hard sweating blood and tears labor? NOPE, and we won’t have to be pushing and sweating over it or straining heavily at a wine press to get our wine either… it will flow from the HILLS and MOUNTAINS!! WOO HOO!! To GOD be the GLORY!! See it will be as HE planned it to be and we will be made like HIM. WOO HOO! Now how fully freeing is that news?
See, NOTHING goes unseen by our sovereign HOLY GOD and HE will use every lil‘ ounce of your life for HIS glory and HIS purpose and goal for your life.
Trust HIS GRACE completely today, as it is far reaching and wasn’t just for a short term plan, but the long term plan.
Believe HIM that no matter what the horrible struggle, battle, or trial you may be enduring … rejoice always and count it all joy as HE sees it all and will use it for a far greater purpose and goal than you can imagine. Know HE IS GOD and BE STILL! Cry out to HIM and ask HIM for the strength to endure it and for the wisdom. REST in knowing HE IS GOD! Always now and forever.
To GOD be the GLORY for the things HE has done!