For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Rom. 8:29-30)
The very first time I read this verse, me, trying to know what to make of the sudden change in my life – illness, being unable to work again, surrendering to Christ – I felt like a glorious light had shone on me, bathing me with its warmth and comfort. With it came excellent wisdom, finally making me understand everything that has happened in my life. It was a glorious epiphany, as if all the events of my life, fortunate or otherwise, have aligned themselves neatly and I was brought to the clear understanding of how the Lord has been working in my life all these years.
Much later on, I noticed that there are five components of this verse:Foreknowledge Predestination Calling Justification Glorification
This is God’s perfect plan.
He has a perfect plan for my life and I’m not just existing, being aimlessly tossed about by life’s harshness and wiles.
And I fully understood that even if there is pain, it is all part of His purposes and plans.
He knew me even before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4); He has predestined [foreordained or elected by divine will or decree]* my life to be conformed to His image – to be Christlike. He has laid everything before me. And because of this wonderful knowledge about me, he then called me at a time He knew was perfect; and after He had called me (and I had obeyed and humbly surrendered to His will), He justified me, forgiving all my sins and giving me a new life with Him.
For me to be conformed to the image of His Son, I had to be reborn. To be born of the Spirit. That’s why there were great labor pains. And now that I’ve been justified, I go through refining, painful but needful refining in the fiery furnace. Remember, I have to be conformed to His image. We have to be conformed to His image. This is not an easy task.
But walking in His presence now, He gives me glimpses of His glory. And after this, He will bring me to glory.
Such intimate knowledge about me, about us, such perfect plan! This is His love for us. And we rest in this marvelous truth.
Friend, are you straining to understand what is happening with your life right now? If you haven’t surrendered your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, know that He has a perfect plan for your life, and may even be calling you now as you read this. Or, you may be at a point in your Christian walk where you are confused, maybe by overwhelming trials, and don’t know what to make of it all, know that the Lord knows everything that’s happening in your life and what will transpire in your future. You only have to draw nearer to Him, to His light, and humbly obey.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jer. 29:11)
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8:28)
My gratitude list – thankful to the Lord for:
- the family’s trip to the orchid farm.
- His never-failing protection.
- daily dose of happiness and joy in the midst of life’s difficulties and challenges.
- my conversations with my sister who came from the province. Lots of laughs – it’s been a long time!
- times spent in our freshly-madeover garden.