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:
Growing up, my younger sister and I would at times, (most of the time,) fuss and fight with each other. Looking back I can se that most of our scarps were over nothing. However, they seemed monumentally important at the time. One defense I would use when telling our parents of yet another issue was, “she did that on purpose.” My implication was, this was not an accident. She had thought about it, planned it out, and then had done what she planned to do. To be fair, that was not always true, but it was really good argument at the time. “She did that on purpose!”
In today’s passage God says, He is going to do something on purpose. It actually says; 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:” If you think about it, this says exactly what I accused my sister of. He had thought about it, planned it out, and then promised to carry out what He has planned to do. This does not mean that every thought that crosses God’s mind gets carried out. We read in Exodus where several times God vocalized a thought He had to Moses, but chose not to carry them out. What this does promise however is this, If God has thought something through, and decided it will happen, it’s a done deal. In Isaiah 14:27 it says; “For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?…” The answer is, No One!
In Jeremiah 29:11 God says to Israel; “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” You do know, God has purposeful thoughts about you too.
Do you draw comfort knowing this?
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