Regardless of whether death comes to a man unexpectedly or as the culmination of a lengthy battle with disease, the truth of Psalm 146:4 remains. “In that very day, his plans perish.” As the Son of Man Himself so eloquently stated, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4).
What a contrast between God and man! A man’s plans perish the day of his death. God’s plans never end in this manner; they always end when His plans have been accomplished!
The church which Jesus built was eternally purposed by God (Ephesians 3:8-12). Though scores of human generations came and went between the creation of the world and the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, God’s eternally purposed plan never perished. Even though His Son was taken by lawless hands and brutally put to death by crucifixion, it was all part of God’s determined purpose and foreknowledge (Acts 2:23).
Because human life is a vapor, our plans ought always to be made with the proviso of “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that” (James 4:14-15). Not so with God. All His plans reach fruition because “The Lord shall reign forever” (Psalm 146:10).
Praise the Lord!