Have you ever felt things were out of control and dangerous for you? Think again. God is in control. There are never any emergency situations. He has ordered everything in an orderly way to accomplish His purposes. There are no accidents.
I preached a sermon on the purposes of God from Isaiah 14 yesterday. There are two promises in this text you can hang your whole life, worldview and future on. These promises show how to understand history: The history of the world, the history of the USA and the history of your life. First, God will destroy the works of the devil. Second, God will have mercy on His people and provide refuge.
You have heard of the purpose driven life. Isaiah 13-14, is about the purpose driven God. He is the God of purpose. His purpose is for the whole earth and for every micro detail of what happens on the earth. Nothing can hold Him back. This word “purpose” appears four times in our text. It is a marker for God’s intentions. See Isaiah 14:24, “Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand.” And notice, v26-27, “This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth, And this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations. For the Lord of hosts has purposed, And who will annul it?”
His purposes are both fulfilled in the immensity of His grand scheme, covering the whole sweep of history in its big picture. The timelines, the personalities, the wars, famines, political schemes, all events and weather. Yet His purposes also order the most minute details of the people and the feelings and the actions of the most insignificant person… In this grand scheme of God, there are always three personalities in the story: God Himself, the devil, and human beings. Yet, there are three unstoppable forces that rule:
1. God’s thoughts
2. God’s purposes
3. God’s hand
These are the subjects of Isaiah 14.
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