We like to figure we have things all planned out, don’t we? When we were young we had big plans for a college, then a career, the perfect family, all in the location of our choice. When I was a teenager I envisioned myself as a meteorologist in Colorado. Big plans that haven’t quite panned out yet…….but there is still time! (haha) In all seriousness though, we like to often envision ourselves as the captain of our lives, the one who determines our tomorrow.
However, in our reading today we come across two passages that remind us who truly is in control. In 2 Chronicles 22 we read the story of the crowing of King Ahaziah of Judah. The chapter then goes on to say that he was a wicked man and walked in the ways of Ahab. We then see in verse 6 that he was wounded in a battle and went to King Joram of Isreal in Jezreel to be healed of his wounds. However in verse 7 we read, “And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram” and goes on to tell how God used Jehu to kill Ahaziah for his wickedness. But did you catch that? His going to Joram was orchestrated by God and all part of His plan. Ahaziah thought he was acting according to his own impulse but God was at work behind the scenes.
Flipping over to John 9 we read the story of Jesus encountering a blind man. We pick up in verses 2 and 3, ” And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” One might look at this blind man and pity the misfortune of being born blind- such bad luck! No, God ordained for this man to be born blind as part of His plan for this man’s life as well as a part of the overall plan of Jesus’s ministry on earth. May we be humbled as we recognize His Lordship in our lives and gladly yield to the path He has laid out for us.