Ephesians 1:4 – Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. (NLT)
Have you ever stopped to consider the first phrase of verse 4 – “Even before he made the world”?
This means that in Genesis 1:1-2, when it was God and only God and “The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters” – God was already thinking about YOU.
God was already designing your physical being (Psalm 139:14).
God was already assigning your talents (Matthew 25:14-29).
God was already creating your purpose (Jeremiah 29:11).
God was already preparing you to be strong (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
God was already preparing you to endure (1 Corinthians 10:13).
God was already preparing you to fight (Ephesians 6:10-18).
He had already decided “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself” (Jeremiah 31:3), so He already had “written your name on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:16).
Before the world could fathom our existence or acknowledge our presence, GOD KNEW US. GOD PLANNED US. GOD WANTED US.
So God made a way, a unique way, to be with us (1 Peter 2:24).
For us to find Him, to know Him, and to adore Him.
For us to have no barrier and no obstacle to being with Him.
For us to declare boldly that “we belong to God” (1 John 4:6).
Before the sun, the moon, and the earth were spoken into existence, God was already calling YOUR name, beckoning YOU close to Him so He could whisper sweet love and precious grace into your spirit.
He was already ordering your life so you would be where He needed you to be (Psalm 37:23) and experiencing things to help further His love and compassion in the world around you (2 Corinthians 1:4).
He had already “called [us] according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Because He is God, and “God is love” (1 John 4:8).
If you can think about all these things and NOT be moved, you are holding back on God, stubbornly and purposefully avoiding Him. But His love can penetrate the deepest hole, the darkest pit, the dirtiest heart, and the most dire circumstance.
Because He is God. He is “I AM” (Exodus 3:14), the God who always was and who will always be (Revelations 22:13).
And when it was just “In the beginning God” (Genesis 1:1), He considered YOU. He thought about YOU. He loved YOU. He always has, and He always will.
Will you think about Him today?
Marie Fremin, 6/21/16