Bible Reference: O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 (NIV)
Isaiah was an eloquent prophet whose words speak to us today, just as he spoke to Judah. Isaiah had an optimistic outlook for the future. He knew that God had greater plans and envisioned God’s promises of a world without pain or regret and he faithfully relayed this message of hope through his words.
There are times in our lives when it feels as if God has abandoned us. We find ourselves in difficult situations and get caught in a spiritual slump. What once felt like a time of perfect peace crumbles to chaos as we wonder if he even hears our cries or cares about our hurt. However, Isaiah offers a message of hope: trust God with the future and everything will fall into place. God acts in perfect faithfulness and works in perfect timing. He has planned marvelous things for our lives, although we can only see each piece of his plan revealed in real time. We don’t know what things he has in store for our future and when we get caught up in trying to control what he has already planned for us, we create a mess.
God had plans for Mary’s life that stretched far beyond anything she could’ve imagined. A young virgin, she probably didn’t picture herself giving birth to a child anytime soon— not to mention the Son of God. However, Mary accepted God’s plan for her life and faithfully followed the path he’d planned for her.
As we continue our journey as children of God, let’s maintain a hopeful spirit looking on towards a future full of things so marvelous that we can’t imagine it. God works every day in our lives and holds our past, present, and future in his hands. Let it go, let it be, and let God work.
God is constantly working to reveal his marvelous plans for our lives and we must trust in his perfect timing.
- When in the past has God created marvelous things from a hopeless situation?
- What gives you hope for the future?