Not Reluctant: Works Out Everything

“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, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:11-12)

I realize not every Christian agrees, exactly, about all of the implications of God’s predestination and election of his children. And some people really seem to enjoy debating the issues surrounding human free will and God’s control over everything in the universe. We’re not going to crack that nut here.

leaf_350_bHaving said that, we have heard this week about how much God wanted us – making plans ahead of time to include us in his family because he wanted to and it made him happy – and about all the grace and knowledge he has lavished on us as his children. That makes it miles easier for me to trust him however he chooses to work in the world.

I believe God can do whatever God wants to do, and I want him to do that. I may never get all of my questions about freewill and predestination answered before I get to heaven, but I trust my Father’s heart. How could I not after everything he has done for me?

Think: Are you able to trust God’s character and love for you even when it’s hard to understand exactly how he works in the world? Why or why not?

Pray: Thank God that he works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.

Do: Make a quick list of three reasons you believe God to be trustworthy.