“Thus says the Lord: Do not deceive yourselves, saying, ‘The Chaldeans will surely depart from us.’ For they will not depart. For though you had defeated the whole army of the Chaldeans who fight against you, and there remained only wounded men among them, they would rise up, every man in his tent, and burn the city with fire.” Jeremiah 37:9-10
Although this passages deals with the judgment to come upon Israel, there is a principle here that is repeated throughout Scripture – of a certainty, the plans of the Lord will come to pass. So often I feel as though my bad decisions have derailed the purposes of God in my life (as though I had such power!). I have found myself believing that any good plans He had for me have been forfeited by my stumblings. However, He is not thwarted by my weakness.
I heard a pastor speaking recently about the GPS he had purchased for his car. When he made a wrong turn, the soothing voice from the GPS announced “recalculating”. Although the route had changed, the destination remained fixed.
I do desire to be obedient to all the will of God, but it just doesn’t always seem to work out that way. What a comfort it is to realize that he is able to get me to the desired destination, even in spite of me.
Giving up my rights, it seems
Denying my desires and dreams
Is what the Lord requires of me
Dying to all hidden pride
And self-delight that seeks to hide
In secret places deep inside
Holding nothing as my own
Empty, I approach His throne
All confidence in self is gone
See the white flag lifted high
My surrender signified
Let all of self be crucified
Until it is not I, but Christ.