Scripture: from verses 6 and 7
I am sending [Assyria] against a hypocritical nation,
ordering him to march against a people who enrage me…
That is not what Assyria intends…
they mean to destroy nation after nation.
Observation: Israel was proud and corrupt, so God was sending the Assyrians to attack them and destroy much of their wealth. Assyria, however, thought they were using their own power and planned to conquer all of the known world.
Humans are constantly trying to get more control over our lives. We try to control ourselves and our bodies, we try to control the people around us, we try to control our circumstances. None of it works terribly well.
We make decisions and form plans and take action, but the results are rarely what we predict they will be. The possibilities that we choose from are limited by our data. There’s always one variable we had failed to consider (or never knew about). The future is a chaotic system, and there is no was to predict it. We have far less agency than we realize.
At the age of sixteen, Hero knew that he would grow up to marry me and work in computer hardware design and live in our area. So he went to college for computer hardware design and kept dating me and here we are, ten years later.
But for most of us, life isn’t that simple. Our colleges and our jobs and our homes and our families are influenced by hundreds of tiny decisions and thousands of factors and influences and variables. We may think we chose our school or our career, but in reality it was heavily influenced by chance.
But God controls chance. God knows how the thousands of influences will converge.
So we have a choice. We can keep pretending we know what we’re doing, keep assuming that every trend we see now will continue forever. Or we can let God do what He does best: teach us the truth.
Application: Talk to God before making plans. He’s better at it.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for having a plan for me. I praise you, because you understand how the world works, and how every piece of it interacts with every other piece. Help me to know when I think I know more than I do. Amen.