Something I decided that I wanted to do for the new year here on my blog was begin a Bible study. After taking a poll on Facebook and Instagram, studying the book of Ephesians was the most popular answer.
For the next six weeks, join me on Thursdays as we study the book of Ephesians together. I will include some discussion questions at the bottom and would love for you to share your thoughts.
And now let's dive into Ephesians chapter 1!
When I took a look at Ephesians chapter one to write this post today, it took me some time to decide exactly what I wanted to talk about. There is so much in chapter one that it would clearly be impossible to write everything, but it was my desire to pull out the most important parts.
I think what I love most about this chapter is the way that it beautifully explains our redemption in Christ.
After reading it a few times the verse that caught my attention was 13, which says:
"In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise."
It made me ponder some things.
If we have the faith to trust in God for His salvation, why then do we not have the faith to trust Him with the every day things in our lives? Why do we cling to worry for our future instead of trust?
Before we accepted Jesus as our Savior, we were on our way to death and destruction. When we accepted His gift of salvation, He gave us life and made us His children. And we trusted Him to save us.
But how many times have I not trusted Him with the "little" things of my life?
I can trust Him to save me from death and I can trust Him with my life, but when my plans change? My trust gets just a little bit shaky.
When things don't turn out how I wanted, it's hard for me to trust Him that He knows what He's doing. If I have a slight interruption in my day or something becomes uncertain, I can spend more of my time worrying over it than actually trusting it to Jesus. Worry becomes more of a constant for me than trust.
But has He ever given me a reason to not trust Him?
"If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself." (2 Timothy 2:13)
No. There has never been a moment when He was unfaithful or untrustworthy. There was never a moment when He did not keep one of His promises to me.
Even when I don't have faith, even when I stop trusting Him, He keeps on being faithful and trustworthy to me.
Let's start trusting God with even the little things in our lives and especially the big things. Let's cling to Him instead of our worry. And let's thank Him for His mercy and faithfulness to us today. He is so good to us and blesses us so much more than we deserve.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ." (Ephesians 1:3)
When looking at Ephesians chapter one, what is a verse or passage that stands out to you the most? Why do you think it's sometimes harder to trust God with the smaller things? Why do you believe it is so important to remember all the ways God has been faithful to us in the past? How can we remember to trust God every day and stop worrying?
Share your thoughts in the comments!