Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
“In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:11,12)
God has an eternal plan and nothing can prevent that plan from being fulfilled. God made this promise to His people who were in captivity in Babylon — “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope an a future'” (Jeremiah 29:11). God’s plan is for our good and therefore we can have hope no matter what we face.
In Ephesians 1;4,5, we are told that God chose us and predestined us before the foundation of the world. Our becoming Christians is part of God’s great plan. While we are individually a part of God’s plan , there is far more to it. God sovereignly rules and over rules all things to ensure that His plan is being fulfilled — “In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works ALL THINGS according to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11). Notice that God works EVERYTHING in conformity with the great purpose of His will. This is what is meant by the term the sovereignty of God.
The sovereignty of God makes Romans 8:28 a reality — “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). God causes all things to work for the good of His people. Why? Because He has an eternal purpose, an eternal plan. He works ALL THINGS in conformity with the purpose.
Even the greatest trials we face have purpose — “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have and to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even thought refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (I Peter 1:6,7). God works everything in conformity with the purpose of His will. God’s sovereignty gives us great comfort and hope!
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Sovereign Lord, I know that You have a plan for my life, one that gives me a hope and a future. Thank You that You sovereignly rule over everything in my life. I do not have to fear, for You are with me and You have a perfect plan for my life. You will bring everything in conformity to Your plan.
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