“The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:11-12).
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Who can thwart the plans of God? Who has enough strength to plant their feet wide, dig in their heels, stiffen their neck, and say “no” to His will? No one. Pharaoh and all his chariots couldn’t do it, as we saw earlier in Exodus. No king, no emperor, no dictator, no president has the power to alter God’s plan for the earth.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t try. In every generation, the world’s leaders, caught up in a real-time game of Risk, do all within their power to push their own plans forward. But that’s exactly the problem: their power; their plans.
Spurgeon had this to say about the temporal nature of our plans and the eternal nature of God’s:
“Men come and go, sons follow their sires to the grave, but the undisturbed mind of God moves on in unbroken serenity, producing ordained results with unerring certainty. No man can expect his will or plan to be carried out from age to age; the wisdom of one period is the folly of another, but the Lord’s wisdom is always wise, and his designs run on from century to century.
The last verse of yesterday’s section of Psalm 33 merges with the first verse of today’s. We’re reminded that God alone holds history in His hands, and that the nation that recognizes this, and worships and serves the God-of-all-power, the God whose “wisdom is always wise,” is the nation that will be blessed. How could it not be?