Embracing God’s love for me

30. God, my role model, is intentional.

Ephesians 5:10, 15-20. “Carefully determine what pleases the Lord…. So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NLT)

To continue the thoughts about intentional living from yesterday: What I am beginning to see is that God is consistently intentional in how He deals with us. Earlier in Ephesians I saw that before any of us were born God had a plan for each of His followers. Recognizing His intentionality at least partially answers the question raised in 5:10, What pleases God? Ephesians 1:5 tells me that God’s plan for our salvation was His decision “and it gave him great pleasure” (NLT). God’s intentions are also seen in 1:11, “he makes everything work out according to his plan” and in 2:10, “the good things that he planned for us long ago.” His intentional, purposeful plans for His children bring Him great pleasure. That leads me to believe that when I live deliberately, it pleases Him. 

My recent readings in the Psalms demonstrate that God’s plans and purposes for His people are seen throughout Old and New Testaments, as seen in Psalms 138 and 139: “The Lord will work out his plans for my life” (138:8) and “Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed” (139:16).

My take-away: Reinforcement of the concept that living my life purposefully will honor God and bring Him pleasure, along with the reminder that it is God’s work in me (not primarily my effort) that fulfills His plans. I live within the biblical tension between His great power that accomplishes His plans, and my efforts to live intentionally by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank You, Father, for showing me not only Your consistency over the ages, but also Your intimate interaction in our lives. This is probably what amazes me the most about You. That the creator of the universe has inter-woven plans that include all of Your creations. I cannot begin to understand how that can be done, but I praise You for Your sovereignty over all of Your creation. Amen

From the personal devotional notes of Peggy McKechnie, certified life coach and follower after God’s own heart. You are invited to contact Peggy through ChurchHealthMinistries.com.

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