November 12th – Sunday

In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will. Ephesians 1:11

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is theologically rich. His greeting to the church in Ephesus defines the core tenets of God’s relationship with His people. Today’s verse delves into two concepts, the idea of “inheritance” and being “predestined” by the Lord. In Greek, Paul’s chosen word for “inheritance” is “klēroō,” meaning literally to allot or to cast lots. This points to an active assignment process but allows a degree of variety, randomness, and mystery regarding the various life circumstances through which the people of God walk. But “predestined,” here the Greek word “proorizō,” solidifies God’s eternal perspective on the world. This offers comfort in the Lord’s foreknowledge of all things that have been and all things that will occur forevermore. As you pray today, remember that God is sovereign and you are His heir in Christ.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For U.S. officials to seek God’s direction as they deliberate domestic and foreign policies.
  • That the Lord would draw the hearts of U.S. public servants to Him.
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