24. Predestined

Short Meds in ‘Living the Life’: 24. Predestined  

Rom 8:29b “he also PREDESTINED.”

So He called you because He knew all about you long before you came on the scene. That’s what we’ve just been considering in the previous study, so now let’s see some more about that with these three words in our starter verse.

Now a simple synonym for ‘predestined’ is ‘predetermined’ which is made up of two parts: ‘pre’ meaning before, and ‘determined’ which means resolutely and definitely decided. Now don’t feel that God is a bully who is going to make you conform to His total perfection because if that was so, every one of us would be superman or superwoman by the time we died – but we aren’t. 

No, it just means that God knows everything there is to know about you and me and knows how He can weave His good and wonderful purposes into our lives without overriding our free will, so that together we can achieve more than we could on our own. Let that sink in – and then worship! Let’s think some more of that in the light of one particular famous person in Scripture.   

The person I have in mind is Abraham, the father of faith, God’s friend (Jas 2:23). That latter word is quite remarkable when you consider his history. Yes, he was called by God and arrived in Canaan but as soon as difficulty came (a famine) he quickly moved on to Egypt where he tells his wife to pretend to be his sister – and then lets her be taken to the kings palace (Gen 12:13,15). Fortunately the Lord intervened on her behalf (12:17). He goes back to Canaan and not long after he is complaining to God that he is still childless (15:2). The Lord reassures him and his belief is famously credited to him as righteousness. Excellent! But when the Lord speaks of the Promised Land, Abram is questioning again (15:8) so the Lord instigates a serious covenant to reassure him. A while later Sarai, his wife gets fed up waiting and presses him to have a child via her servant, which he does. Human endeavor with negative results. Sarai is upset that Hagar is pregnant, Abram washes his hands of it and she is driven out (16:6) and the Lord has to rescue and reassure her. When God again reassures Abraham that Sarai will have a child, he is doubting again (16:17,18), and so it goes on. What is so surprising when you work through Abraham’s story is, despite his initial belief (=righteousness) it is a story of bumbling faith that is full of doubts, questions and thoughtless acts. So what’s my point? This is still all about predestination, about God knowing us from before the foundation of the world and knowing what He can achieve through us. By the end of the story Abraham is a godly man fully sold on the plans and purposes of God for him and for his descendants – he got there! If you, in a moment of humbling honesty see your life as one of bumbling faith that so often finds itself questioning, resorting to self-effort and so on, just remember you are in good company but God KNOWS. He saw you before He started the world off and He knew that, with a little bit of help – you will get there!!!  Just declare that afresh today. Yes? Yes!   

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