In days of old I planned it, now I have brought it to pass... (v. 25)
This verse gave me much comfort in a time of bitter trial. It let me know that God had this event in mind before it happened.
Because God gave man a free will, many things happen that God would not have ordained. But God is all-knowing and is aware of the bad choices that man will make. Because He is aware, He makes provision for our frailties and turns the evil of this world into eventual good.
That is not to say that He needs the evil in this world to bring about good. He simply redeems the situation from it's evil by using it for good. Joseph told his brothers who sold him into slavery that what they meant for evil, God used for good.
There is nothing new under the sun. The evils man has done in the past will be continued in the future. And the redemption that God has planned will continue as well. Our only hope is in Him and His provision for our well-being. God is never surprised.
Help us to put into perspective the temporal things that seem designed to destroy us. Reassure us that nothing can separate us from Your loving provision.
In Jesus' most precious name.