God chose us in Christ before the world began, because of His foresight of who would accept and who would reject Him. With this foreknowledge, He joyfully predestined us as His children (Ephesians 1:5).
If Jesus Christ is the center of our universe, we stay in a structured orbit around Him; but without Him as the focus of our life, we sling out into life without any stability. There is a permanent remedy for this situation.
God gives us eternal life even now on this earth, if we invite Christ into our lives. If we do not have Christ, we do not have any lasting quality of life (1 John 5:11-13).
Through Christ's sacrificial death in our place, God redeemed us from hell. He reveals His daily will for our life if we will still our soul and meditate on the fact that He is our God.
As we put our hope in God alone, He works out everything for our pleasure (Romans 8:28). He seals us with His Spirit, who is our down payment on our inheritance of His Kingdom (Ephesians 1:3-14).
The moment we choose to believe on His name, He gives us the keys to His Kingdom and we start enjoying His blessing now in this sin-cursed world.
We can never out-give the Lord. He blesses us in proportion to our faith and our faithfulness to give both our tithe to the storehouse of the church in which He calls us to serve, and our offering to the needy all around us.
Father God, sometimes we feel lonely and insecure. Our life is unstable and incomplete. You planned the planets in our solar system to orbit in a predictable pattern, because the sun is a stable center of gravitational pull. You decided that without that pull, the planets would sling out into the universe without any order.
Many people enjoy time alone with You with no disruptions or expectations. Some people despise being alone and must be with someone all the time. The joy of authentic Christianity is that we do not need to be around people or totally alone, because Christ is in us and with us constantly. Thank You for calling us and giving us the grace and humility to hope in You alone for our salvation.
Thought for the Day:
God never leaves us or forsakes us like people do, and He never sleeps (Hebrews 13:5; Isaiah 42:16); He keeps us safely tucked into the palm of His hand and under the shelter of His wings for all eternity.