God is eternal, and so are God’s plan. The plan was established in eternity past, long before God created the heavens and the earth.
You are in the hands of a living, loving God. Random collection of disconnected short stories? Far from it. Your life is a crafted narrative written by a good God, who is working towards your supreme good.
God is not slipshod or haphazard. He planned creation according to a calendar. He determined the details of salvation “before the foundation of the world” (1 Peter 1:20). The death of Jesus was not an afterthought, nor was it Plan B or an emergency operation. Jesus died “when the set time had fully come” (Galatians 4:4 niv), according to God’s “deliberate plan and foreknowledge” (Acts 2:23 niv).
God isn’t making up a plan as he goes along. Nor did he wind up the clock and walk away. “The Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will” (Daniel 5:21 esv). He “executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another” (Psalm 75:7 esv). “The Lord will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intentions of his mind” (Jeremiah 30:24 esv). Look at those verbs: God rules, sets, executes, accomplished. These terms confirm the existence of heavenly blueprints and plans. Those plans include you. “In him we were also chosen, . . . according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11 niv).
This discovery changes everything!
“For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the LORD. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NET
“He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was manifested in these last times for your sake.”
1 Peter 1:20 NET
“But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,”
Galatians 4:4 NET
“this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles.”
Acts 2:23 NET
“He was driven from human society, his mind was changed to that of an animal, he lived with the wild donkeys, he was fed grass like oxen, and his body became damp with the dew of the sky, until he came to understand that the most high God rules over human kingdoms, and he appoints over them whomever he wishes.”
Daniel 5:21 NET
“For God is the judge! He brings one down and exalts another.”
Psalms 75:7 NET
“The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has fully carried out his intended purposes. In days to come you will come to understand this.”
Jeremiah 30:24 NET