Authored by Lou Geense
Read: 1Peter 1:1-2
Romans 8:28-39. To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Theology is the study of God. My position on theology while in school was a little rebellious: “What makes us think that we can understand God when God does as he wishes, without having to consult us on the matter.” Of course, I have mellowed since those days and I do understand that we see and learn how God works. Yet my basic premise still holds true.
It is important to know that we have been chosen by God according to his foreknowledge. That truth should stir joy and confidence in our hearts today and in the future. Consider the reason for our joy today. God knows us, our thoughts, our plans and even the very things we hide from others. He also knows that we tend to disobey and hurt him repeatedly.
As hard as it is to believe, because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, God the Father always welcomes us back into his presence. No wonder John declares: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called of God!” (1 Jn. 3:1). God offers us the opportunity to have the joy of a full life forever.
Consider our confidence for tomorrow. The Bible tells us that God made us, saved us, and instructs us. He guides our pathway and promises to lead us to his eternal home. As a matter of fact, the risen Christ is preparing our home for us even now. So, rejoice in the Lord who holds the future in his hands. (Jn. 14:1-3; Acts 1:4-11).
Do you ever wonder if you are good enough for God? I do many times in a week. But do not worry – we are not good enough and that is the whole point about the Good News. We have been invited into his love and acceptance and I look forward to the time when he calls me home. What a joy and what a privilege.
Lord, please make my joy complete and my confidence strong. Establish me in your love and lead me in your way. In Jesus name, Amen.