A devotion written some years back, but I hope it encourages you today!
~ Wow! What a GOD! ~
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world
to be holy and blameless in his sight.
In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ,
in accordance with his pleasure and will –
to the praise of his glorious grace,
which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
In him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
And he made known to us the mystery of his will
according to his good pleasure,
which he purposed in Christ…
-Ephesians 1:3-9

He has blessed me in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing!
With how many blessings?
EVERY spiritual blessing in Christ!

He chose ME before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight!
What did He choose me for?
For hardship? For misery?
NO! – TO BE HOLY AND BLAMELESS! In *His* sight! (Even when I am not in my *own* sight!!)

He predestined ME!
He adopted ME!
And WHY did he do these things?
He did this according to HIS pleasure and will!
He did this for the praise of HIS glorious grace!
He has redeemed ME!
He has lavished the riches of His grace on ME!
He has made known to ME the mystery of His will!

And WHY did He do these things?
He has done this for HIS pleasure!
For some strange reason the God of this Universe, the One who brought the Heavens into existence with a single command, the One for whom the morning stars sang, the One who holds it all together…for some reason, this One, this great I AM has chosen ME.

For some strange reason it brings him pleasure to save ME, to adopt ME, to pour out *every* spiritual blessing on ME.

If these aren’t reasons to fall head over heels in love with this One, I don’t know what would be!!!!!

2007 © Heidi Bylsma