Today's scripture: Ephesians 1:7-12
In Him … In our Lord Jesus Christ … We have been given so much.
As we learned yesterday, God had a plan to make redemption and forgiveness
available to both Jew and Gentile.
In God’s perfect plan, anyone who believes in Jesus as Lord and Savior and
accepts the free gift of salvation, receives God’s grace and mercy. These
verses remind us of other blessings:
We receive redemption. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, Redeem means to “buy back,” to “release from blame or debt” or to “free
from the consequences of sin.” Because of our Lord God’s love for us, we are
“free from the consequences of sin.”
We know the “mystery of His will.” While God may not reveal all of His will to
us, if we ask Him to direct our paths, if we surrender ourselves completely to
Him, He will guide us.
We can be assured that He has a purpose for our lives. And sometimes, for me at
least, this is the one that gets me up in the morning. If I didn’t believe God
had a purpose for my pain, I’d never get out of bed. So many days when the
pain level is high and the energy level is low make me long for heaven, “... having a
desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Philippians 1:23). But I
know God isn’t finished with my earthly journey yet; He still has a purpose for
And so I crawl out of bed, praising Him that I can do so. I praise Him for
redemption. I praise Him for His will for me. I praise Him for His purpose.
He is such a good God!