We don’t really have to see, understand or appreciate His plan – but we should know that He’s working and always has our best interest at heart.
Yet the second part of the verse is a bit tricky. He “works out everything to its proper end — even the wicked for a day of disaster.”
Admittedly, I may not totally understand this last part of the verse – but it’s there and we need to deal with it.
I don’t think the message is that God sets “the wicked’ up for a fall (“a day of disaster”). But I do think it suggests God allows the wicked to eventually live out the full consequences of their choices — their own “day of disaster.”
As I understand things, it’s my choice how I want to go through life. God has a plan for me (and it’s a good one – Jeremiah 29:11). It’s also my call how I want to work with His plan.
I’ve adopted a rather well-known concept in recovery — the spiritual principles of Honesty, Openmindedness and Willingness. I’ve shortened them to just Honest, Open and Willing.
I can either choose to go through life interacting with God’s plan in a way that is Honest, Open and Willing or I can choose to go kicking and screaming. It’s my choice — every day!
If I choose to be “wicked” and go through life kicking and screaming, I can — and He’ll continue working on me to turn around. But if I don’t…there is “a day of disaster” ahead!