The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.” Isaiah 14:24
Plans are made everyday by millions of people all over the world. Some are short term plans, such as just for that day, while others are long term plans looking out over a period of twenty or more years.
Some of those plans actually come into full being, while many end up on the shelf, forgotten or ignored. Complications and circumstances often get in the way of the plans and many give up.
There are some people who are known for making plans, but never fulfilling them. They always quit for some reason or another before fulfilling them. While a few people will usually fulfill their plans and can be trusted to do so nearly every time.
Isaiah had been speaking about God’s plan to bring Babylon down when he quotes God. God promises that what He has planned, He will do it.
The greatest thing that a believer has in God is that He is trustworthy in what He says. One can stand on the promises of God. If God says He is going to do something, He will do it.
Throughout the Bible God has said that there are many things that He will do for those who believe in and follow Jesus. While many believers know these promises, there are also many who do not always believe them. God does not appear to be working fast enough and so they feel God is not going to fulfill His promise.
Standing on God’s word as truth is the greatest thing a believer can do. He can rest assured that God will do as He has promised. Grace and forgiveness will be given. Provision will be made. Salvation will occur. Jesus will return. These are just a few of the plans God has made and He will fulfill them.
You can have the assurance of God’s word to you. God will never fail in what He plans to do in your life or in the lives of others.
Instead of having fear or feeling that God will not do as He has said, trust Him. Lean on His word as fact. God will fulfill His word to you and to this world. It is only a matter of time before it is complete.
I pray today that you will know God’s promises to you; that God will reveal His plans for your life; that you will see God fulfilling His word; and that you will trust God’s word.
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 5:10
Chasing after wealth is one of the greatest dreams of many people. People want to get rich as quickly as possible. Gambling and lotteries are mega-billions of dollars a year industry, because people want the money and think that they can get it.
Those working always want a higher paycheck, more money per hour than what they are getting. When a person gets a pay raise, he is excited at the moment, but a few months later wants another pay raise. People often view another person’s pay and want that much or more.
It is often viewed as though a person deserves more than what they have or can get. This is regardless of how much one already has.
The richest man who ever lived realized that loving money is meaningless. One can never have too much or even ‘enough’, he always wants more.
Money and wealth are things that are very temporary. One can have a lot of money today, but tomorrow after a disaster strikes, be completely broke.
And there is never ‘enough’ money. No matter how much a person has, there is always something else that he does not have and would desire. There is no contentment.
Believers are often seen being discontent with their finances and wealth. They are desiring more, because their neighbor has more.
However, the believer should put all of his desires into God and His kingdom. Money and wealth are very temporary, but God’s kingdom is eternal. The souls of men are eternal.
Living for God and building His kingdom gives satisfaction and eternal results. Fighting for money and wealth only lasts a short time.
One must put his trust in God and be content with what God has blessed him with. God will give each person what he needs.
God has blessed you in many ways. The greatest blessing is eternal life, if you believe in Jesus and follow Him. Hold onto that blessing.
With salvation in mind, chase after building His kingdom and becoming more like Jesus everyday. These things will have an eternal impact and last for eternity.
Don’t chase after things of this world that will only last a short time and never really satisfy your soul. You are made for greater things than money and wealth. Chase after God.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will find purpose in God; that you will find satisfaction in serving God; that you will chase after the things of God; and that God will help you keep money and wealth in the right perspective.
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:2
People search for meaning to why things occur as they do. Children are always asking why they have to learn some subject or topic in school. They do not see any meaning or reason for it.
Murders occur on a regular basis and people wonder why a person does the killing, especially in mass levels of killing. People want to know the meaning of why there are wars going on.
Disasters and sickness occur in the lives of people and people are always asking why. There does not appear any reason for these events to happen.
As people seek to find answers to why things happen, most often the answer appears that the event was meaningless, with no reason that one can see or understand. When this occurs, there are many who find life is meaningless and want to end it.
Solomon starts out this book with stating that everything is meaningless. There was no reason for anything.
Looking at most things there does not appear to be any meaning for why they occur. From the world’s viewpoint of everything that occurs, there is often no reason. Things often look hopeless and with no real purpose.
Those who believe in God, however, see things from a different perspective. Events in this life are seen from God’s eternal point of view, though often it is also difficult to see or understand.
The believer knows that things that are bad that occur happen because of sin. Sin brings people to do what should not be done. Sin has brought death, sickness and meaninglessness to many things in the lives of people.
Only in Jesus does one begin to see reason and meaning to everything that occurs. Without God there is no purpose for anything. God is the one who gives life and purpose to a person.
Going through your life, you will encounter things and events that do not appear to have any meaning or purpose. Turn your focus off of those events and onto God. Gain an eternal perspective of what is going on.
Realize that a lot of things that occur are because of sin and sinful choices.
Holding onto and believing in Jesus gives meaning and purpose to everything. Never forget that God works all things out for those who believe and trust in Him.
Your life does have meaning and purpose in Christ Jesus. Lean on Jesus and hope in Him.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal your purpose in this life; that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; and that God will reveal meaning to events in your life.