God has an idea about everything. This includes each of our lives; how we are supposed to live, and even where we are supposed to live. It is no wonder He created the earth and stationed mankind there. God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground’ (Genesis 1:26). Each and every life was God’s idea that came to pass, because when God has an idea, He always executes it. ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them’ (v27). Not only our lives are God’s idea, even gender is. God’s ideas are perfect and just, because He Himself is ‘a God of truth who does no wrong, just and right is he’ (Deuteronomy 32:4), and so all His ideas MUST come to fruition. Unlike we humans who have a myriad of ideas but discard some along the way based on our knowledge and experience (whether right or wrong), God lets ‘none of his words fall to the ground’ (1 Samuel 3:19). He says, ‘Surely, as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand’ (Isaiah 14:24).
In a tragic turn, mankind more often than not reject God’s ideas. Solomon observes, ‘This only have I found; God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes’ (Ecclesiastes 7:29). Truly, mankind has sought to change their likeness by genetic modification, technological alteration, and artificial add-ons. In fact, mankind has also introduced other genders other than the two God instituted- male and female. As if that is not enough, some humans have rejected God altogether and turned to gods of their own making, and to the devil. God marvels at this and says, ‘They have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as offerings to Baal – something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind’ (Jeremiah 19:5). In this present age, however, many ideas that are contrary to God’s originate in depraved minds and catch on like wildfire. Ideas on abortion, fornication (in the name of ‘safe sex’), gender alterations, same sex marriages, and use of drugs in the name of spiritual awakening or medical use are being vehemently advocated for. Unfortunately, many people are blindly following the mass mentality, even though such ideas are contrary to God’s ideas- as east is far from the west. ‘You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘He did not make me’? Can the pot say of the potter, ‘He knows nothing‘?’ (Isaiah 29:16). And so, ‘Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker . . . Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What have you begotten?’ or to his mother, ‘What have you brought to birth?’ (45:v9,10).
The first institution that was God’s idea, and which humans have done a good job of massacring, butchering, and defiling, is marriage. It was God Himself who said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’ (Genesis 2:18). And since God’s ideas MUST come to pass, ‘Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man’ (v22). Before the man even saw the woman, God had already created her for him. God’s idea and intention for marriage has since been defiled and inverted. Polygamy, adultery, and same sex marriages are condoned in the name of man’s genetic wiring and changing times. However, when God establishes something, it cannot be moved. Just like, ‘He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved’ (Psalm 104:5), and so His ideas and the blueprint of marriage can never be moved. Paul writes, ‘Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed undefiled, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral’ (Hebrews 13:4).
When we go against God’s ideas, and instead follow our own ideas, it is our ideas that suffer because God’s ideas MUST stand, for ‘His ways are everlasting’ (Habakkuk 3:6). In fact, ‘The counsel of the Lord stands firm forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generation’ (Psalm 33:11). Whenever we try to impose our ideas which are contrary to God’s, then we ‘plot in vain’ (2:v1) and ‘The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them’ (v4). God then ‘foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples’ (33:v10). So, when we go against God’s ideas which should form the blueprint of our conduct, then it is us who suffer. For instance, when it comes to marriage, Jesus says, ‘Therefore what God has joined, let no man separate’ (Matthew 19:6). But when the Pharisees asked why Moses allowed divorce, Jesus replies and says, ‘Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning’ (v8). Since divorce was not God’s idea, because wrong marriages are not God’s idea, then those who divorce suffer, and not the marriage institution itself which is God’s idea. Jesus says, ‘I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery’ (v9).
The ills in the world are because many have decided to go against God’s idea concerning every sphere of life. We have created a chaotic world because men have refused to be heads in their families or misused their role and abused women, women have sought to become like men, children have disobeyed parents, some have refused to work, preferring to steal or extort, leaders have become greedy for gain and corrupt, and lawless laws have been passed. These and other evils antagonize God’s idea. But because God’s ideas MUST stand, then it is us that bear the consequences. Even when it comes to our individual lives, God has an idea of what He wants us to become and how He wants us to live. God says, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart’ (Jeremiah 1:5). God’s first idea for our lives is that we ought to worship Him for we should ‘Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise’ (Psalm 100:3-4).
Each time we go against God’s idea be it collectively as a society, or in our personal lives, then it is we that suffer losses. Even in the smallest of matters concerning our lives, God has an idea of how we should go about it. Even when God’s ideas seem unclear to us, and sometimes even gruelling, God reminds us that ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways’ (Isaiah 55:8). Going with God’s idea even when we don’t seem to understand or it doesn’t seem favourable to our usual inclinations, is always best, because ‘There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death’ (Proverbs 14:12). Those who oppose God’s idea in their lives, or in the lives of others go against God Himself. When Korah and his followers opposed Moses, Moses tells them that ‘the Lord has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea’ (Numbers 16:28). Since God’s idea HAD to stand, ‘the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah’s men and all their possessions’ (v32). In essence, God’s ideas always swallow up man’s ideas – whether we like it or not.
‘For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded and it stood firm’ ~ Psalm 33:9
‘So shall my word that goes out from my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but shall accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it’ ~ Isaiah 55:11
‘Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass’ ~ 2 Kings 19:25
‘Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, ‘Who sees us? Who will know?’ ~ Isaiah 29:15