Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleasesPs. 115:3 (ESV)

Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. Isa. 46:9-10 (NLT)

“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, though things often seem random, chaotic, and out of control, nothing could be farther from the truth. We may not always see your hand, discern your heart, or like your ways, but you alone are God.

In these Scriptures, three of your children in three different sets of difficult circumstances, all affirm the same glorious truth: You are a good, good Father, working in apparent and not so apparent ways—always engaged and always in control.

You were sovereign over King David’s challenged rule, crazy family, and personal failures. You reigned over Isaiah’s difficult ministry and fractured world. You were in control of Job’s losses and betrayals, misery and waiting, health and faith struggles. Indeed, no purpose of yours can be (or will be) thwarted, Father.

Grant us grace to trust you no matter how you choose to work in our situations and write our stories. When you wound, ultimately, it’s to bring healing. When you enrich, it’s to make us generous. When you delay, it’s not to frustrate us, but to consecrate us to the bigger purpose you have planned. When you say “No,” a better “Yes” is coming.

Continue to renew our thinking, gentle our hearts, and deepen our worship. Until the Day Jesus returns, free us to rest in your faithfulness and rejoice in your sovereignty. Free us to vex less and trust more, as you take us deeper into the riches of the gospel. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ powerful and loving name.