Daily Devotion-August 18, 2022

Daily Devotion-August 18, 2022

Ephesians 1:7-10

In him, we also have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in keeping with the riches of his grace, which he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. He made known to us the mystery of his will in keeping with his good purpose, which he planned in Christ. This was to be carried out when the time had fully come, in order to bring all things together in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth.

Dear Heavenly Father,

So often, we want to know what your will is for us. In these verses by the Apostle Paul, you make it known to us. It is your plan of salvation that restores us to you. Through sin entering this world, a great divide had occurred between you and us; for us, there was no way to reestablish that unity with you. However, you planned and sent Jesus to become part of your created order; he was to live a life of perfection, then, in innocence, he suffered for all our sins. As Paul said, when the time was right, Jesus carried out this plan and restored heaven and earth. He willingly went to the cross to redeem people lost to sin, not only those living during his period but throughout time—past and future. So through his innocent suffering and death, eternal life is available to all, but it is not forced—this gift we receive through faith alone, which was begun in us by your Holy Spirit. Through faith, the mysteries of your love are made known to all who believe and trust in Jesus. And as Paul said, “which you lavished on us.” Lord, thank you for sending us your Son who suffered in our place and for your Spirit who has given us your words, will, and created faith in us. Forgive us when we stray for Jesus’ sake, and restore us to you through your love and mercy.

Let there be moments that we can share your love and wisdom with someone who does not know you or has drifted from you. So they will be restored and redeemed by Jesus’ blood and learn the mystery of your will for them. You want all to come to know you and live with you in eternity. Amen.

Written through Pastor Roger Emmons

The mystery of God’s will is intended for all people—for you. To receive his love and mercy, to know Jesus has died for your sins and paid for your eternal life with his blood. His will was to restore heaven and earth, which comes to you through faith alone.