“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”Ephesians 1:11
Though the “problem of pain” will always be something we struggle to understand fully, we have confidence that nothing happens in our lives outside the sovereign will of God. We can say as Joseph did that what was meant for evil, God meant for good (see Genesis 50:20).
Paul reminds the believers in Ephesus that the Lord brings everything in a believer’s life into conformity with His divine purposes. Only Christ could assure us of troubles but immediately add, “Take heart!” How can we? Because He has overcome the world (see John 16:33).
“Inevitably, one who serves God faithfully will face suffering. But the joy God gives and the reward He promises will recompense Him for all.” (Wong Ming Dao, 1981)
Bible In A Year
- Isaiah 6-8
- Psalm 75
- John 16