Our Ladies Bible study was in 1 Peter this morning.
We only got through the first few verses, but I enjoyed the insight into even just the introductory verses.
The Apostle Paul was writing this letter to pilgrims, dispersed far from home. He reminded them that they were "chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1: 2-3).
God knew, from the beginning, that He would chose them. He knew every step they would take, every hardship they would face. The early church face heavy persecution, so I'm sure they're hardships really were great. These words here, they hold so much encouragement. These words reminded the early church, and even us now, that God is not a God who makes mistakes. He has a purpose of all of His people. He's set them a part for something greater than they can even imagine. Eternity in heaven with Him.
He chose us at the beginning, which reminds me of one of my favorite portions of scripture:
You and I? We are no mistake. This life we live has purpose, has meaning because of Him. And although I have my weak days, my days of flesh, when my earthly glasses are in place instead of my heavenly ones, I truly believe this. I believe that God is at work in all of our lives. And that the hard days, the hard seasons, are here to draw us closer to Him.
He's chosen you.
How will that truth influence the way you live your life today?