What He Desires – Job 23:13-14

“But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back?
What he desires, that he does.
For he will complete what he appoints for me,
and many such things are in his mind.”

Job 23:13-14

Whatever my God desires, that is what He does. Anything and everything He wills. Nothing stands in His way. So whatever He appoints for me, He will complete. Exactly how and when He plans to.

A few verses before this, Job says this of God: “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him; on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him” (Job 23:8-9). We may not be able to see God working, but He is. We can only see what has happened in our lives up to this point, and even that is a narrow view of our life from our little perspective. Our God, however, sees all things. Every point of view of every circumstance, and every possibility for the future. He has written our days. He has plans for me and for you, things that He has appointed. And all will be completed in His great might, His unending faithfulness, and His surpassing wisdom and understanding.

I think it’s important to remember that what God has appointed for me is what He desires for my life. They are the plans of His heart. Not necessarily matching the plans of mine. “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). Upon recognizing this, we could easily become discouraged…but it is here that we must recall what we know about the heart of our God. Our powerful, unchanging God who has set His heart in love on us. We need to look to His character and know that we can trust Him with all of our heart. With those dreams we hold so close, all that we are afraid to surrender. We’re safe with Him. He is a God of hope. One who fills us with more joy “than they have when their grain and wine abound” (Psalm 4:7). He sees everything that we can’t. He is good. He satisfies. He sustains. And He is able to do “far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). So whatever we’re dreaming of and hoping for…He is able to do far better. The universe itself is evidence of the greatness of His creativity, His plans, and His power. And He doesn’t want us to settle for less than His everything.

“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear…Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes” (Isaiah 54:1-2). We are called to prepare for what God has in store. To sing and to hope in His goodness, even when we can’t see Him working. Even when we don’t perceive any possible shift in our circumstances. Ours is not a God who wants you to live a mediocre life. He wants it filled with His glory and power and grace so that you shine as a light to the nations. Regardless of what you see, enlarge the place of your tent and strengthen your stakes. Do not hold back, but run to Christ with wholehearted abandon and trust that He won’t let you down.

“I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron” (Isaiah 45:2). “The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. ‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut’” (Revelation 3:7-8). Your God will come through. His plans for you, all that your sovereign, almighty King has appointed, will come to pass exactly as He wants it to. Nothing can stand in His way. No one can shut doors He wants open for you or open doors He wants shut. He is great, He is all-powerful, and He loves you with an everlasting love.

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