August 15, 2018



Isaiah 14:24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:

We have two words that we need to consider in order to understand the message of this verse. The first is the word “thought”. The Hebrew meaning of this word is “to devise, to consider, to plan”. God says, ‘what I have planned is going to come to pass’. Let me just say that God has plans and you and I have plans. Sometimes our plans are different than God’s plans. Sometimes we think our plans are better than God’s plans. So, then we have a decision to make. Whose plans are we going to go with?

Samson had his own plans, and he ended up blind and grinding grain in the prison. David had his own plans and he ended up repenting with bitter tears having become a murderer. Jacob had his own plans and ended up running for his life. Abraham had his own plans and ended up producing eternal unrest in the Middle East. What is interesting is that in all of these instances, God eventually did what He had planned anyway. You see, if God has planned, He is going to do it.

This brings us to the second word which is “purposed”. This Hebrew word means, “to determine, to deliberate, to resolve”. This means that if God has planned it, then God will do what it takes to do it, and God will do what it takes to make it last. That is why God says, “so shall it stand”. You and I may choose to go with our plans, but do not be surprised when those plans do not end up right. Do not be surprised when those plans do not last long. God says that what He plans, He does. And what God does, remains strong. You can count on it. It is stable and strong.

Trust me today, God has plans for your life. I am sure that you do also. Just realize that when it is all said and done, God is going to have His way, with or without your cooperation. I encourage you today, go with God’s plan. He will make it happen, and He will make it stand. How do we know? “The LORD of hosts hath sworn”.