“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,”
Ephesians 1:11 NKJV
As I sit on my deck this morning and watch the sun come up I am struck first, once again, by the beauty of the creation that our Father and Creator had set before us. It amazes me how fast the corn planted behind us grows with a nice rain and then some sunshine. What an amazing design! Then as I think about all that is involved to make this happen and the intricacies of how the sun and water and carbon dioxide and photosynthesis work together I have to stop because my head begins to hurt!
So my mind drifts back to simpler things. I think about the sun and its purpose. To give light and warmth and vitamin D and other properties I am sure I don’t know about. But as I think about this I muse about how God gave the sun a purpose and it carries out this purpose day in and day out. It has no will to bend but it simply performs.
In the passage above we are told that we have an inheritance. I believe part of that inheritance is the world we see around us that our God created. But what I and I think many of us as believers struggle with is “purpose and will”. We wonder about purpose and will for ours lives. This scripture can help us with this if we are willing to bend our will to God’s. Because we are not like the sun. We have free will and we fight (sometimes unwittingly) against the purpose and will of our Father. We say we want to follow Him yet we are so enticed by all this world has to offer and battle is on! We can’t have both. We may argue and think we can but scripture is clear concerning this.
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.”
1 John 2:15 NLT
The really strange thing is that if we will bend our will to the will and purpose of our Father and Lord we will be amazed at all the things in the world that are opened up to us. Our purpose becomes clear and joy of the love of our Father will rule our heart.
Father help me, us, surrender all that we are to Your will and love that we may experience all the fullness You have for us.