The promise of Isaiah 46:11 is completion! In context, it is a promise that inspires fear. God promised judgment to His idolatrous children; this assurance spoke to the completion of that promise. Yet is it a truth reiterated throughout scripture: what God says, God is faithful to do. It is the truth powering all of the promise studies of the past weeks.
The purposes of God are good and outcomes already established in eternity. For the soul in rebellion against the Sovereign Holy One, this is a chilling promise. The truth of God’s faithfulness is a certainty intended to drive the unrepentant to their knees at the cross of Jesus.
For the soul seeking the face of the Lord, the promise is a breath of life! The fourth stanza of Amazing Grace strengthens my spirit in difficult times:
The Lord has promised good to me. His Word my hope secures.
He will my shield and purpose be, as long as life endures.
Mining God’s Word for the ways He accomplishes His purposes strengthens me. God feeds His flock and guides those with young. He satisfies the longing soul. He forgives my sins and sends me out with the same good news for this dying world. There is no need my heart can encounter which Jesus cannot completely fill. Moreover, the fulfillment is complete. It simply waits for me to appropriate it.
On the Cross, Christ said, “It is finished.” Earlier in His ministry, the Lord had said He came to do the will of the Father and complete the work of God. On the cross, that work reached completion. God faithfully fulfilled His good purposes. Only the victory celebration remained. We can join Paul in saying, “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” Committing every detail of our lives to the work of Christ is the key to the Victory Party!
The struggles of life, the attacks of the enemy, assault our confidence in Christ. The things we commit to God that are in line with His purposes are a done deal! We can trust God’s faithfulness. We must not let fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) keep us from the victory celebration. Press on in confidence of the purposes and power of God. He is greater than our mistakes. He is able to guide us on His path. He is able to accomplish His good purposes. He has accomplished them already: it is finished!