Understanding God's Plan

John Koedyker

READ : Micah 4:6-13

But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord; they do not understand his plan . . . (v. 12)

Christians believe in a knowable God—a God who has also made himself known. We call this “special revelation” and it is a tremendously important doctrine of our faith. Without it we would have only a vague understanding of God.

Still, we do not know everything about God. That is impossible because God is infinite and eternal and we are finite creatures with limited understanding. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8). But, as someone has said, “God has shown us all that we need to know about him in his Word.”

Micah 4 makes it obvious that God has a plan, but the people don’t understand it. The Assyrian king Sennacherib is on a rampage, destroying cities throughout Judah, and things are looking bad for Jerusalem. But God promises that he will deliver his people and establish a new kingdom. How or when that will happen is not revealed. They must simply hold on and trust.

God has a plan for our world, too. He doesn’t tell us all the details, but he is sovereign and he is working his purposes out. Do you have the faith to trust God’s plan?


Lord, your ways are beyond me. Help me to hold on and trust in you. Amen.