January 31 | Ephesians 1:11-12
“in whom also having been chosen (as God’s portion), having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, that we who were hoping beforehand in Christ to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:11–12)
Sometimes it’s fun to watch the Antiques Roadshow and other shows that talk about people and their inheritance. Most of the time, people have no idea how valuable their inheritance is. Other times, the appraiser has to break the news that it isn’t worth anything.
God predestined us, the second time Paul uses “predestined” to talk about God’s plan for us. Our inheritance is for the praise of his glory. We are the apple of his eye, the reason he made creation.
He works all things according to the counsel of his will. He didn’t predestine us so we could boast about ourselves. He did it for his glory and his will. There’s a purpose in predestination. Elsewhere, Paul talks about God working all things together for good, again pointing out God’s purpose in doing this.
God is working all things out for good, but it is for his purpose. We may not always feel that things are working out for our good. But it’s for our good as his children. Even the trials we face have his purpose, to strengthen our character and faith.
Action Step: Even when you go through a trial, know that God is working things out for your holy good. He is making you like him even in adversity. Your inheritance is secure no matter what you face.
Heavenly Father, you have made me for your purpose. As I prepare for my day, I know you have guaranteed my inheritance in you. Thank you that when I face adversity, you are with me and still fulfill your purposes.