“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’…Truly I have spoken, and truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, and I will surely do it.” Isaiah 46:10-12
There are days where I wonder if this world is completely out of control. When I look at all that is happening, I sometimes wonder if God’s plan is really being accomplished. Maybe somehow this world has come off its hinges?
Then, I read God’s Word and it reminds me even in the way it is written that yes, God is still at the center of it all. He does have a design. He has a plan. Mankind will do what mankind has always done since the beginning, but even in the chaos, God is working behind the scenes, moving and molding our attempts for control, and reminding us, He is working in the affairs of mankind.
So what did I read that reminds me that “God is at the center of it all” you may ask? Well, I opened my Bible to the very center, which happens to be Psalms 118. It begins by saying; “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
I was reminded that Psalms 118 happens the chapter in the very center of the entire Bible. Fun fact: Psalms 118 is of course preceded by Psalm 117, which happens to be the shortest chapter in the entire Bible and followed by Psalm 119, which happens to be the longest chapter in the Bible.
Let me take it one step farther. Psalms118 is preceded by exactly 594 chapters and, interestingly, it is followed by 594 chapters. Not that I am all that into numbers, but if you add the 594 preceding and 594 following chapters, the sum is a total of 1188. It just so happens that Psalm 118:8 (that being 1188) is exact middle verse of the entire Bible.
So what does this one verse at the center of the Bible say? “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man”– Psalm 118:8
Psalms 118 ends by saying this. “You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
The world may seem like it is falling apart, but if today, I am going to begin my day and end my day saying “He is good and his love endures forever.” And if things are crazy in the middle of my day, I am going to remind myself that it is better to take refuge in the Lord, than to trust in man. It really doesn’t matter how crazy the world becomes, Today, I have the assurance He is still in the center of it all.