Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor? (Isaiah 40:13 NIV)
Last week, those on Florida’s east coast evacuated to the west coast. Too late on the western side to evacuate, Hurricane Irma surprisingly changed tracks and threatened the state’s Gulf Coast. While southwest and southcentral Florida prepared for the worst, Irma altered her path again and shifted to the east. The idea that man can somehow control natural forces, like hurricanes, or predict what they will do, should be permanently put to rest.
His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are his ways our ways (cf. Isaiah 55:9).
Our God is the Sovereign Lord. His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are his ways our ways (cf. Isaiah 55:9). If people affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma did not gain some humility or fear of God, will they ever?
Life is full of ironies. When we feel confident everything is under control, something usually happens to prove otherwise. Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote, “The best laid plans of mice and men, gang aft aglee [translation often go astray].” Go ahead mice, make plans, but be aware of conditions beyond your control.
Several posts ago, we announced the book The Priests of God would be available by late July or even earlier. We are now a few days from the first day of Fall, and still the book awaits publication. I will not bother with the details except to say our best laid plans gang aglee. Our Sovereign God takes note of the sin of presumption. Assuming we have it all under control is rooted in pride. It is then our God manifests his sovereignty by foiling our plans and thwarting our purposes (cf. Psalm 33:10).
“You ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 5:15).
In James, we find an admonition to mice and men: “You ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 5:15). What yours truly should have announced was, “God willing, we will have a book by… (fill in the date).” Sovereignty, as I see it, acknowledges God is in charge. When our Lord is satisfied that we do indeed understand who is the mouse and who is the Almighty One, then The Priests of God will go to print. In God’s time, it will find those for whom it is intended.
God willing, I’ve learned my lesson. When circumstances are out of my control, I know who controls my circumstances. Now, who moved my cheese?