This blog is designed for women who want to be encouraged in a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is usually a few paragraphs each weekday that share scripture from the Bible on how to live life pleasing to Christ.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
"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."NIV Ephesians 1:11
It took everything in me not to put brackets around the bible verse above. I want to break out of my conformity to my own rules. Why is it that we become such creatures of habit? Oh, I think it is because of the comfort it brings to us, to know all of our rules are kept, and everything is neat and tidy.
Rules are good, but I know I can take following directions to an extreme. I am trying to break some of these mundane no meaning ones. God plans are defined, orderly, and always have a reason. At times we think we know why he does What he does, and at other times, we aren't sure. Does this give us an excuse to follow our own lead? No, His word is sure, and his plans are good.
We may not realize why things happen in our lives, but I believe God will reveal all of the whys when we meet him in heaven. According to our verse today, we have been chosen by God, " who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will."
Do you believe this verse? Can you believe God is good in his plans toward you even when tragedy occurs? When you see no way out of your troubles? Does God change, or do we change our minds about things? Malachi 3:6 "For I am the Lord, I change not."
We can believe God is good in spite of our circumstances. We can trust his heart even when his hand seems to be giving out something we don't want, or understand. He is a good Father, and at times we need a change in our lives that will humble us, help us to look at life differently, or bring us to reality.
I had a change in my life, and I will never be the same again because of it. I went through post- partum depression. I look at life one day at a time now. I cherish every day, because we don't know what a day may bring. I look at my husband with new eyes, and love him as if I may not have him tomorrow. This is not a depressing thing to me, it makes each new day a fresh, wonderful one.
Maybe you have been through a trauma, or a sickness and you see the world anew. If you haven't your time may come. The lessons learned through these times can be priceless. God knows how to get our attention, and bring lasting change to humans. He has been doing so for many thousands of years. In his love, he portions out the things necessary to make us who we need to be, for his purposes. Amen!
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