Tuesday, December 20, 2022
“God’s Ultimate Purpose”
Mary Jo Braddock
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. The “called” are those who not only have received an invitation, they have accepted it. They know the Love of God. Paul described in his writings three groups of people that are in the world today. (1) There were the Jews who trusted in religion, rites, and rituals. To them, the cross was a stumbling block. (2) There were the Greeks and the Gentiles who trusted in philosophy and human wisdom. To them the cross was foolishness. (3) The “called” were a group out of both Jews and Greeks who were Chosen, not because of their religious wisdom but because God called them, and they heeded His call.
God works “in all things,” not just isolated incidents “for our good.” This does not mean that all that happens to us is good. Evil is rampant in our world today, but God is able to turn every circumstance around for our long-range good. God is not working to make us happy but to fulfill His purpose. This promise is not for everybody. It can be claimed only by those who love God and are “called” according to His purpose. Those who are “called” are those the Holy Spirit convinces and enables to receive Christ. Such people have a new outlook on life. They trust God, they look for their security in heaven, not on earth. They learn to accept, not resent the pain and persecution because God is with them. God’s ultimate purpose is to make us like Christ.
Prayer: Dear Father, may we be conformed to Your Likeness. May we read and heed Your Word by studying Christ’s life through the Gospel, by being filled with His Spirit, and by doing His Work throughout the World. In Your Holy Name, Amen.