As I sit reading from my Bible app – YouVersion – a verse in Isaiah stuck out to me as so relevant to where we are today.
“I have equipped you for battle though you didn’t even know me”.1 Isaiah is talking about King Cyrus and the prophesy God gave him that Cyrus would be the one given the right to restore Jerusalem and the Temple. King Cyrus was a pagan king and would not understand the importance of seeking God for direction. Our verse tells us that Cyrus didn’t know God.
Does this encourage you like it does me? God can and does use the ungodly to bless the godly – God decides.
In the craziness of the world around us, we can lose sight that God decides. At least seven times in chapters 45 and 46 God reminds us that, “I am the Lord, and there is no other.”
It doesn’t matter what’s going on in our world today and it doesn’t matter what’s happening on your street or in your home, God decides. And when He decides, it will be used for our good.2 You and I are not at the mercy of the world around us. We belong to the God of all mercy and grace. His love for us is unfailing and forever.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11
1 Isaiah 45:5
2 Romans 8:28