The world is a complex place, and there are daily obstacles in our human pursuits. People have long tried to have control of these situations, from Abraham picking Lot as his heir, to Peter saying to Jesus, “not so Lord!”
God has a plan, and while we may not see the reasoning, it remains the RIGHT plan. The Assyrians had to learn that the hard way. They were wicked, and God warned them through Jonah of their faults. They after a period of repentance seem to return to “their own way,” however.
In Nahum chapter 3, the prophet forewarns their destruction. In verse 14 , we read:
“Draw for yourself water for the siege! Strengthen your fortifications! Go into the clay and tread the mortar! Take hold of the brick mold!” Do it your way, but it will be of no avail. God’s plan is in motion, you can’t stop it. For: “15 There fire will consume you,
The sword will cut you down; It will consume you as the locust does. Multiply yourself like the creeping locust, Multiply yourself like the swarming locust [Make your army huge]. 16 [Yet] You have [already] increased your traders more than the stars of heaven— The creeping locust strips and flies away. 17 Your guardsmen are like the swarming locust. Your marshals are like hordes of grasshoppers Settling in the stone walls on a cold day. The sun rises and they flee, And the place where they are is not known. [But the big army will be destroyed, or run away].18 Your shepherds are sleeping, O king of Assyria; Your nobles are lying down.Your people are scattered on the mountains. And there is no one to regather them.”
Are we like Nineveh? Full of our own desires, plans, and notions? If these differ from God’s plans they will be in vain. If we are struggling, we need to “seek first the kingdom of God,” then He will make it right. When we face this complex contrary world, don’t conform to it. Don’t try to force your will upon it. Instead try surrendering. Not to the world, but to God!