“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose’
(Isaiah 46:8-10 ESV)
God and his purpose exists no matter what we believe or how much we argue about the validity of the Bible, religion, and Jesus Christ. He made this world and filled it with people; there is a master plan that we don’t fully understand. What we do know is that he loves us and he hates evil because its author, the devil, undermines everything that he says and does. We also know that Jesus values us, pursues us, and redeems us so that we may live to be with him forever.
The prophet Isaiah delivered messages that the Lord put into his mouth, which is why the passage is enclosed with quotes. Our Father preserved his message in print so that all generations thereafter may receive it in good faith knowing that he remains seated on his throne and that his kingdom will have no end. His authority can never be muted even though we may question him from time to time. Nevertheless, he is patient and his plans will unfold in due time.
We read the Bible not to just follow rules, but to also recall the work of God so that we do not forget about him. As humans, we are easily distracted and can be swayed to do things that aren’t good for us. The Bible provides a framework by which we can establish a meaningful life with God and other people. The Lord reassures us that he created the big picture, “declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done.” His “counsel shall stand” and we a have choice to live by and under it. If we go our own way, we are sure to make a big mess of everything we touch, bearing consequences that he allows to help us come back to our senses.
I would be the first to say that I have gone back and forth between sinful and holy living. It’s a daily grind to try to keep my “sin” list short. And I believe the Father smiles when he sees me trying. I have struggled and I have regrets. But the one regret I don’t have is becoming a firm believer and follower of Jesus.
When you think about it, God came to rescue us and did it in a way that his very presence would exist inside of us, connecting with our hearts and minds. This is a mystery where only curiosity and faith will lead us to discover more. The brightest minds and the majority of opinions can never overturn God and his purpose. Their arguments are just long-winded and a waste of their time. It’s already settled: the Lord’s purpose will be accomplished and everyone will be in awe.