“The Mystery Of His Will” (Ephesians 1: 9 – 10, ESV) by Carley Evans

Synonyms of mystery include: conundrum, enigma, puzzle, miracle, problem, question, riddle, secret. God’s will is miraculous and mysterious; His will is an enigma, a puzzle, a riddle, a secret kept hidden until “the fullness of time.” God’s purpose, His plan is “set forth in Christ.”
His purpose, His plan, His mysterious and miraculous will is to “unite all things in [Christ], things in heaven and things on earth.”

God “works all things according to the counsel of His will.” (Ephesians 1: 11) Nothing escapes His notice; nothing gets around His will. Every thing which comes to pass is fashioned or re-fashioned by God to move all things together under Christ. In the fullness of time, God’s perfect plan is accomplished.

“The Lord of Hosts has sworn: ‘As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand…This is the purpose that is purposed concerning 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 shall annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?” (Isaiah 14: 24, 26 – 27)

“Safe” (Proverbs 29: 25, ESV) by Carley Evans

“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.”

Wow! How many times do you wake up in the middle of the night in fear of man? Or, struggle to sleep because of a ‘man,’ a person in your sphere who has — or appears to have — a great deal of influence on whether you eat or not? You are not in the trap yet, but it is certainly set. I imagine a bear trap with those iron claws which hold and tear the flesh, or a smaller, more subtle rabbit snare which holds and chokes away the air.

The struggle to escape the trap does the damage.

God, through Solomon, says: ‘Trust in Me. If you trust in Me, you will be safe.’

A promise so difficult for us to fully grasp. I don’t feel safe! I feel so vulnerable. So many things can go wrong, and do! How can the Lord say that I will be safe?

Paul writes, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us.” (Romans 8: 18) And he reminds us, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8: 28)

Trust God — seek Him first, and He will keep you safe.

“So Shall It Be” (Isaiah 14: 24, ESV) by Carley Evans

“The Lord of Hosts has sworn: ‘As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.”

The Oxford English Mini-dictionary defines a “plan” as a “method thought out in advance;” and, defines “to purpose” as “to intend to act.”

So the Lord of Hosts takes an oath. He swears, “As I have thought out in advance, so shall it come to pass, and as I have intended to act, so shall that action stand.”

Here the Lord declares His sovereignty. He tells us that He has a well thought out plan, a purpose filled with good intentions. All He thinks comes to pass. His method endures, is valid, is unmovable.

All we need do is trust Him.