Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
What if my present situation does not work out? What if it just gets worse and never gets better? Have you ever been haunted by those thoughts? Maybe today you are in the midst of a situation that looks tough, and there seems to be no way out. All you see ahead is more pain and difficulty. It looks like it will never change and you have concluded that there is no hope. If that describes you, then you must have found today’s reading motivating. Why? Because Paul tells us that we have been chosen by the one who works out “everything” in conformity to His will. Think about that for a moment. What in our life is not included in “everything?” Is your present situation included? God knows exactly what is going on in your life and He wants you to know that it will work out exactly as He has planned. You must trust Him and realize “everything” includes what you are presently facing. Ultimately, God’s will is going to be accomplished even if right now it might not seem like that is possible. Trust Him and be amazed at what He does.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?