In Acts 13, we find the story of Barnabas & Saul & a Jewish sorcerer, named Bar-Jesus. This sorcerer had attached himself to the governor or the region, who Scripture tells us “was an intelligent man”. The governor invites Barnabas & Saul to visit him as he is wanting to hear the word of God. The sorcerer interferes & tells the governor not to pay attention to what they have to say as he was trying to keep the governor from becoming a believer.
Saul, realizing what was being done, filled with the Holy Spirit, Â Â Â Â addresses the sorcerer:
“You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit & fraud & enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the ways of the Lord? Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand upon you & you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time.”
What is interesting to me is what happens next:
“When the governor saw what had happened, he became a believer, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.”
Can you even stand it!! Seriously, the very thing the sorcerer was Â Â Â trying to keep from happening, happened anyway! And he lost his sight to boot!!
This incident, that has been recorded in Scripture, should teach us one thing:
God’s plans cannot & will not be thwarted.
“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2 NIV).
“For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” (Isaiah 14:27 NIV).
Interesting words used here –
Thwart – to be impossible, to dissolve, to violate a covenant, toÂ Â Â Â annul.
Turn it back – reverse the direction
(definitions from the Old Testament Lexical Aids from the Key Word Study Bible)
God has a plan. His plan cannot be rendered impossible. He will not violate His Word. He will never annul His plan. His plan is in place & He will not reverse direction. His plan unfolds in our lives as He wills. We must remember that each day.
In essence, God’s plan is always, “Full Steam Ahead”.