The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: ~Isaiah 14:24
Isaiah 13-14 contains prophecies regarding God’s justice and wrath on Babylon. Even though the Babylonian captivity was many years away, God used the prophet Isaiah to give Judah insight and exhortation regarding God’s working on their behalf. In Isaiah 14, we also see the rise and fall of Satan described. These chapters, though filled with prophecies of coming judgment, are also comforting reminders of the almighty unchangeableness of God.
God is unchangeable in his supremacy.
“The Lord of hosts hath sworn.” The Lord identifies himself by the attribute, “The Lord of hosts”. By this name, he is referring to the fact that he is the commander of the greatest army in the universe. In fact, in Isa. 13:3 he says, “I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.” Sadly, the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing. They assemble themselves together against the Lord and think that they can overthrow him by their might, their laws, and their wealth. Yet, the Lord of hosts is supreme! Pharaoh was toppled at the Red Sea. Sisera’s armies toppled at the river Kishon, five kings and their armies were toppled on their mountain passes and valleys, the Assyrians toppled in their tents, and Babylon fell while it was partying the night away. Our God is the Lord of hosts and supreme!
God is unchangeable in his sovereignty.
“The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass.” The word “sovereign” implies God is in complete control. In his sovereignty, he is all-wise, all-knowing and all-complete. What an intimidating thought that “as I have thought, so shall it come to pass.” God’s mind and action plan are always in sync with each other. He is completely infallible in his actions. As sovereign God, he can and does change things at a whim if he so chooses. As sovereign God, he opens passage ways and closes them. What is an opportunity for us is an obstacle for our enemies. What is a breakthrough for us is a heartbreak for those who oppose God. As sovereign God, he has every step planned out and does not need a plan B. He is altogether perfect, matchless, and complete.
God is unchangeable in his certainty.
“The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” Whatever God purposes always stands! “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numb. 23:19. The ways of man are unstable and always changing. God is stable and certain in all his ways. Once God does something, it always stands. He never does anything that he has to apologize for, His ways are not our ways, and his thoughts are not our thoughts. What might be questionable to us is a done deal with him. God does not owe us an explanation for his decisions and ways. Once he purposes, it shall stand.
Let us rejoice this morning that God is almighty and unchangeable. With his unchangeable nature, he is proven. With his unchangeable nature, he can be trusted. With his unchangeable nature, he never fails us!
Have a satisfying God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Mark 14