God has a plan for all – Part 1
God made a covenant with His children. And that covenant subsists till today. Through it, the Lord lays out the condition for our blessings. While He promises to be faithful, He demands that we must remain obedient to fulfill our side of the agreement. This is not a superficial obedience; it is, one, a prompt obedience; two, personal obedience; three, practical obedience; four, prayerful obedience; five, peaceful obedience; six, proper obedience; seven, persevering obedience.
Understanding and obeying divine appointment make us enjoy supernatural blessings. These bring peace of mind and open the gate of power, prosperity and fulfillment to us. At all times, whatever happens, as believers, we should find out if the “thing is from (God)” or if He is performing “the thing that is appointed for (us).” This will help clear any confusion that may befuddle our minds.
Nothing can change whatever God has ordained for us because “there is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the Lord.” Esau, Joseph’s brethren, Aaron and Miriam, Korah, Dathan and Abiram, King Saul, Solomon and Rehoboam failed to understand that God’s appointment cannot be stopped. Therefore, they got into unnecessary conflict. If we do not understand what He has appointed, we will end up fighting unnecessary battles. But as we realise this, every challenge will turn into blessings. We must always recognise what we should not fight for because God has orchestrated it. Doing this will lead us into the dangerous position of opposing God’s will. “Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the Lord, and returned from going against Jeroboam.”
Although saints of old experienced the oppression of enemies in their lives, they knew that, ultimately, God permitted and used them to achieve His purpose. Therefore, they resolved never to fight any man or make any negative comment.
Joseph, for instance, knew that if it did not fit into God’s plan for him to go to Egypt, his brethren could have done nothing against him. God told the children of Israel to “Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies.” Although, they were not in fellowship with God at this time, because of His plans for them, He prevented them from going to battle to avoid being destroyed.
God is involved in all our challenges. He knows the outcome of our lives: “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done.” Between the beginning and the end, He orchestrates everything that happens to us so that we will get to that expected end. Therefore, as believers, we must not fight because everything God has planned for us will surely work out for our benefit.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Since no one can “fight against God” and prevail, whatever He has ordained for us will surely be fulfilled.
• Further Reading (King James Version): 2 Chronicles 11:4; 1 Kings 12:24; Job 23:14; Proverbs 21:30; 1 Kings 11:31,40. 2 Chronicles 11:1-4; Genesis 45:5,7,8; Isaiah 28:29; 46:10-12; Deuteronomy 1:42; 2:4,5; Acts 5:39; 23:9,11; Romans 8:28.