God does not paint the Forth Bridge

Weather is one of the natural phenomenons that can bring anything to a standstill — ever seen how street enterprises cease instantly with a slight sign of rain?

The weather has played a significant role in shaping the events and history of the world. It was the harsh winter that stopped Napoleon Bonaparte from invading Russia. Adolf Hitler disregarded these history lessons and repeated the blunders of Napoleon. His miscalculations were a blessing to the Allies as they marked the end of the Third Reich. Indeed, savants claim that history does not repeat itself; unwise humans repeat the slips of the past. Weather is also considered a culprit in the Hindenburg 1936 Disaster.

Apart from the weather, other things can halt human progress. For a moment, let us imagine that mountains, valleys and rifts are not a hindrance to road networks! It would certainly take less time to travel from one point to the next.

Limitations are what define humans; for humans are not immortals. There will always be obstacles on the way. Sometimes, with ingenuity, humans find ways to master these hurdles. But in other situations, these impediments becomes impossible to manipulate. Humanly speaking, it is unthinkable to have a road that cuts through the Everest Mountain. Here human inventiveness does not cut it.

Nothing can stop God

In Jeremiah 36, we read an account of a king by the name Jehoiakim, who attempts to stop God’s plans by incinerating Prophet Jeremiah’s scroll, as written by Baruch, the scribe (not Baruch Spinoza). God instructs Jeremiah to take another scroll and write the same words. The judgment as pronounced in the scroll comes to pass. The presumptuous King Jehoiakim paid for his arrogance when the Babylonians defeated and dragged him away in chains. In point of fact, he dies on the way to Babylon as a captive. These events take place in the early years of Sixth Century BC.

It is self-evident that nothing can frustrate the purposes of God. This fact is affirmed and confirmed in many other places of the Bible. He is all-powerful and all-knowing God.

“For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?”Isaiah 14:27 (NIV)

If you know God is the one who began the good work in you, then you do not need to despair even when the plans go into smoke. Keep your pecker up. Keep your faith. Prime the pump with hope. A time for your place in the sun is coming. Do not stare at what hit you. Like David, arise from the earth, wash, anoint yourself, change clothes and go to the house of the Lord to worship (2 Samuel 12:20). In the language of God, you are accidentally on purpose.

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (NIV).

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