Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Ps. 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 life can feel random and out of control, nothing could be farther from the truth. We may not immediately see your hand, discern your heart, or like your timing, but you alone are God and you are always good.

In these three Scriptures, three of your beloved children each inhabited faith-stretching circumstances. Yet each affirmed the same glorious truth: You can be trusted, period.

You were sovereign over King David’s challenged rule, crazy family, and personal failures. You were sovereign over Isaiah’s difficult ministry, fractured world, and Messiah-filled prophecies. You were sovereign over Job’s conflicted faith, great loses, and prolonged waiting. Indeed, no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

Work this deep good news deep into our bones, Father. You are writing each of our stories with the indelible ink of your grace—even when you include paragraphs and chapters that include pain, silence, and waiting. You have left nothing to chance, but all things to Christ.

You reaffirmed this peace-fueling sweetness to me last night in a small Burlington, NC, diner. The cake was great, but better by far was the tapestry of lives, stories, and hearts blended by the hand of providence and time. Thank you, Father.

Continue to renew our thinking, gentle our hearts, and deepen our worship. Keep making the gospel bigger and sweeter to us. Until the Day Jesus returns, or you take us home, may we live more intentionally, mindfully, and heartfully. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ powerful and loving name.