Does God compromise His plan?

A statement was made that God compromised His plan because the apostles did not obey Him. However, this is simply not the case. First, where ever the disciples disobeyed Christ, He rebuked them. I went into greater detail concerning this here. But the purpose of this post is to show God knows everything, has a perfect and complete plan, and it does not change.

First, we have to understand that God knows everything (He is omniscient). All verses are from the NASB.

a.     God is a God of knowledge

1 Samuel 2:3

Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the LORD is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed.

b.     God’s knowledge is perfect

Job 37:16

Do you know about the layers of the thick clouds, The wonders of one perfect in knowledge,

c.     God knows everything men say before they say it

Psalm 139:4

Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.

d.     God knows everything men do

Proverbs 5:21

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.

e.     God’s thoughts are very deep

Psalm 92:5

How great are Your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep.

f.      God has too many thoughts to count

Psalm 40:5

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You  If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.

g.     God’s thoughts are vast

Psalm 139:17

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

h.     God’s knowledge and wisdom are great; His judgements are unsearchable

Romans 11:33

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!

i.      God’s knowledge is beyond man

Psalm 139:6

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

j.     God’s thoughts are not mans’

Isaiah 55:8

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

k.      God’s counsel stands forever

Psalm 33:11

The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation.

l.   His understanding is infinite

Psalm 147:5

Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.

Isaiah 40:28

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired  His understanding is inscrutable

Next, we have to realize God has a plan that includes everything. No one can prevent it from happening. God’s plan does not change. He ordained things will occur, from before time began.

a. God works everything ouf according to His plan. 

Ephesians 1:11

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

b. God’s plan was created before time began.

Titus 1:2

a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,

c. What God has planned will come to be as planned. Everything is planned for and nothing can stop it or change it.

Isaiah 14:24-27

24 The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be,  and as I have purposed, so it will stand. 25 I will crush the Assyrian in my land;  on my mountains I will trample him down. His yoke will be taken from my people,  and his burden removed from their shoulders.” 26 This is the plan determined for the whole world;  this is the hand stretched out over all nations. 27 For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?  His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Isaiah 19:12

Where are your wise men now? Let them show you and make known what the LORD Almighty has planned against Egypt

Isaiah 22:11

You built a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the Old Pool, but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.

Isaiah 23:9;

The LORD Almighty planned it, to bring low the pride of all glory  and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.

Jeremiah 49:20

20 Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom,  what he has purposed against those who live in Teman: The young of the flock will be dragged away; he will completely destroy their pasture because of them.

Jeremiah 50:45

45 Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Babylon, what he has purposed against the land of the Babylonians: The young of the flock will be dragged away; he will completely destroy their pasture because of them.

d. GOD brings about that which He had planned.

Isaiah 37:26

Have you not heard?  Long ago I ordained it.  In days of old I planned it;  now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.

Isaiah 46:10-11

10 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.11 From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.

e. No one can thwart, stop, or change God’s plan.

Isaiah 14:27

27 For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?  His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Job 42:2

2 I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.

Micah 2:3

3 Therefore, the LORD says: “I am planning disaster against this people, from which you cannot save yourselves. You will no longer walk proudly, for it will be a time of calamity.

f. God’s plan is perfect and just.

Deuteronomy 32:4

4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

 

 So no. God does not compromise His plan. It includes everything, and nothing can thwart God’s plan. God’s plan does not depend on man, but on God Himself.

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