How can one sing “Your plans are still to prosper ” in the midst of a pandemic, in the midst of social and racial injustice? It would be much easier to sit and consider all things unclear and unjust.
As a follower of Christ, one may not hesitate to say, “Of course God is in control, of course He works things together for good,” but do we truly believe that? Do we wake up and lie down trusting that His plans are for our prospering and His glory, and that they can not be thwarted despite the enemy’s intentions?
In Psalm 73, the writer Asaph feels conflicted between the truth he knows and the reality he is experiencing. He says, “Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. All in vain I have kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.” Asaph’s vision has been skewed; he is looking into a mirror that’s been shattered by the brokenness of the world, and he is unable to see the truth on his own. But, he recognizes this and says, “But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task. Until I went into the sanctuary of God.” When we enter the throne room and come before the Lord, He is gracious enough to lead us, and He gives wisdom and understanding to those who ask for and seek it.
In Jeremiah 29, the Lord declares His unstoppable plans that are for our good: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” But the Lord goes on to say that He listens to our cries, and when we seek Him we will find Him. Asaph’s vision got clouded by the brokenness of the world, but when he turned aside to recognize the Lord’s presence, his perspective was changed and his soul was renewed. If the Lord is the Word of Life, what else can we do to receive life-giving truth except run and fall at His feet and ask for it? He has not forgotten us, He will not leave us, and He is ever in control — through both highs and lows. Take heart, for He is working for our good, and He is Sovereign over all.