All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?”
An Unrestrained Hand
In 1812 Napoleon proposed to invade Russia and bring its people under his control. When the plans were laid out, someone ventured to say, “Man proposes, but God disposes.” On hearing that remark, Napoleon replied, “I propose, and I dispose.” His pride, however, proved fatal. Using one of His tiniest, most fragile creations, the snowflake, God brought the proud general to his knees. Bogged down in heavy snow, Napoleon ordered a retreat. His army of 600,000 men was decimated, with fewer than a 100,000 making it back home again. Ultimately, this disaster weakened his armies and brought about his final defeat in 1813.
Napoleon learned what King Nebuchadnezzar also had learned. When God wills it, no one can stop it. After recovering from his seven years of madness, a much humbler king of Babylon declared, “No one can restrain His hand.” Even though they led mighty armies and conquered many lands, both of these proud men discovered that God does what He desires and no one says to Him, “What have You done?”
It’s a great comfort to those who love the Lord to know that He can be neither intimidated nor defeated. If they are from the Lord, whatever plans we have will unfold no matter who opposes them. Jesus said, “See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it” (Rev. 3:8). Conversely, if your plans are not from the Lord, they ultimately will fail no matter who proposes them.
Prayerfully place your plans and desires into God’s hands. Be assured that if they are His will, He will bring them about. Nothing can stop God’s will.
No matter what man proposes, it’s God who disposes.