“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” Psalm 83:4

There are still those who want to destroy God’s people. Some feel the world would be better off without any religion. They forget the historical benefits of Christian faith—orphanages, universities, hospitals and virtues like humility, kindness and grace. They discount the role of faith but God’s plans won’t be thwarted.

In the Old Testament, we see God implementing his plans for the Israelites, but they failed to be all he intended. They were meant to show the nations around them the blessings that came from living under the government of God. Instead, they were lured into following the gods of the other nations and worshipping idols. Furthermore, Israel was supposed to demonstrate the grace and compassion of God but often the wealthy oppressed the poor, the court system was corrupt and there was little justice. However, there was always a faithful few who saw the value of committing to following God’s ways.

God allowed other nations to attack Israel and deport his people. Yet he never gave up on them and it didn’t stop him from fulfilling his purposes. God preserved a remnant and kept a lineage in place so years after returning to the land, the Messiah was born at just the right time and place.

Now that Christ, our Messiah, has lived, died and rose again, God’s plan is for a radiant church that is holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:25-27). It seems amazing that God could produce such a church, but he has done more with a lot less and his power is undiminished. While we cannot see it, and maybe it won’t happen in our lifetime, God’s plan is on track and our future is secure.