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 may be to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:11,12)
Because God has a great pan, we are to live our lives with the end in mind. God has an eternal plan to restore all His creation and to place it under the headship of Jesus Christ. History is moving toward the consummation of all things when Jesus Christ returns. We are destined for glory! “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).
Because God has a great plan, we do not lose heart, even during times of extreme pain and suffering. God is in charge and He will give us the strength to endure trials and will eventually deliver us from them — “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (I Peter 5:10).
Because God has a great plan, we know that He will work all things for our good — “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). This means that we can rejoice in our sufferings because we know that God is at work in us. Trials and suffering have purpose — “Count is all joy my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).
Because God has a great plan, we can trust Him to lead us during times of uncertainty. “‘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). God will direct our steps through all the seasons of our lives — “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
Because God has a great plan, we are to live for the praise of His glory. “In order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ might be for the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:12). “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever” (Westminster Shorter Catechism). Our first and highest calling is to glorify God — “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31).
Because God has a great plan, we are to be thankful for what He has done for us in Christ. We are to rejoice in the incomprehensible riches of God’s grace that He has lavished on us in Christ. We are to glorify God and ENJOY Him forever!
Sovereign Lord, thank You that You have a great plan for my life and for all of Your created order. Thank You for all that You have done for me in Christ, for the incomprehensible riches of Your grace that You have lavished upon me. My desire is to glorify You in all that I do. I am so thankful that You give me the privilege of enjoying You forever.
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