Read: Ephesians 1:11-14
Life is unpredictable. Our best efforts to follow a plan are often derailed by the unexpected, and we find ourselves in the middle of a cloud of doubt and questions. Ephesians 1:11-14, however, gives us a promise that we can lean on in times of concern.
If we are in Christ, we have been sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit who lives in us to guide us and serve as a "deposit guaranteeing our inheritance" (Ephesians 1:14). God does not allow His children to live life alone. Instead, He watches over us, lives in us, and has already planned all of our days. Ephesians 1:11 says He "works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will." Every conversation, troubling situation, and celebration will work together in our lives to glorify our Creator.
Romans 8:28 (ESV) says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” I forget this in my own life on a daily basis. I say that I trust God with every area of my life when I’m asked, but then I try to take control of every situation in my life that seems out of control. The direction of my career, my finances, my relationships, and my health are constant battles in my heart.
Everything I have in my life is a gift, and I am simply a steward. I must be sure that I am stewarding my life for His glory and not my comfort. God has written the plan, and He is in control. When I struggle against Him for control of my life, I am no longer allowing myself to live in the full life He has planned for me.
- What area of your life seems out of control? Is that an area you struggle to surrender?
- Think through the decisions you have made recently. Do these decisions tend to glorify yourself or God? How can you glorify God today instead of chasing comfort?