If not all, I know at least almost all reading these words have also read “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth,” from Genesis 1:1, the first verse in the Bible. I want to go back before that. Are you saying, “Now, wait just a minute. Who do you think you are? How can you go back before the beginning?” Come for a little walk with God and me, and let’s let Him show us more of His wondrous works, more of the SIMPLE TRUTH of His love.
We’ll begin with Ephesians 1:4-5 from the Living Bible: “Long ago, even before He made the world, God chose us to be His very own through what Christ would do for us; He decided then to make us holy in His eyes, without a single fault—we who stand before Him covered with his love. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by sending Jesus Christ to die for us. And He did this because he wanted to!”
To my mind, His creating the world leaves me with a whole lot to contemplate. But even before all of creation, He generated these Master plans for you and for me! In following along with our first-post thoughts of overcoming feelings of insignificance, inferiority and insecurity, rather than just pass this scripture on by with one quick read, let’s take these verses apart just a little bit to let God’s Word show you what He was thinking. As you read these phrases, why not write what each one means to you personally? (This is for you to keep to yourself unless you wish to discuss.)
1) He planned ahead: “Before He made the world”
2) ”God chose us to be His very own”
3) He planned “through what Christ would do for us”
4) He decided then to make us without a single fault
5) His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family
6) His plan has always been to send Jesus Christ to die for us
7) He did this because he wanted to!
Should we stop our walk so we can sit down a while to think about what God is saying here? He will sit with us as long as we need, because He, THE ONE TO WHOM IS DUE ALL HONOR AND GLORY FOREVER AND EVER, has done all of this for each one of us. Why?
The SIMPLE TRUTH is He did this because he wanted to long ago, even before He made the world!
M Sue Moore 7-19-16