Have you ever felt like you don’t matter? Like your life doesn’t have meaning? Like you’re insignificant and not really all that important? LORD KNOWS I HAVE! And even as a Christian sometimes I still do. But recently the Word of God spoke something to my heart that I would like to share and I pray I never forget.
Ephesians 1:11: “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…”
When I read this the word “chosen” jumped out at me and I was prompted to look up this word in the dictionary like I often do. This isn’t because I don’t know what it means but sometimes doing this puts the word in a newer and brighter light than they have when I just use them in everyday life. Here’s what I found:
Chosen: having been selected as the best or most appropriate.
That’s when it hit me! God has known us all for a long time, even before our ancestors were created. Even before the World was created. During this time God created His will, His”good,pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). God is such a master planner that He set His ultimate goals and every single step needed in order to bring this will to fruition. When He did this, He also assigned tasks to people who He saw would be the best and most appropriate for His master plan. The name of every living and breathing person came to God’s mind. This includes me. This also includes you. Realizing this should give us peace in knowing that there’s no way we could be accidents. I don’t know my exact purpose in this life yet and you may not either. I’m learning that it’s ok! The Bible clearly states that we should trust in Him with all our hearts, not lean to our own understanding, and acknowledge Him in all our ways and then our paths will be directed by Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). If we are doing this then wherever we are in life is exactly where God wants us to be, no matter how dull or pointless it may seem. He will not reveal His entire plan for us from beginning to end at one time so this is where the trust has to come in for us all. Realize that God doesn’t want to hide us from the reason we were created. However, there is a time of preparation that we must endure that may outlast our patience at times. I understand very well how trusting God through the silence and uncertainty is difficult, but the best things for us usually require hard work. So let’s practice resting and trusting in the Lord together!