For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.—Romans 8:29
What is God’s great goal in the universe to which His energies are devoted? We have it in our text for today. The Living Bible puts this best, and I have no hesitation in saying that although it is not regarded as a true translation (it is, rather, a paraphrase), its rendering of Romans 8:29 is one of the most exciting things I have ever read. This is what it says: “For from the very beginning God decided that those who came to him … should become like his Son.” God’s great energy and wisdom, working on behalf of all Christians, is directed to making us like His Son Jesus Christ. Of course this purpose will only be fully realized in the world to come, but while we are here, He is pursuing this same purpose nevertheless.
It is only when we comprehend this that we will be able to understand the purpose that lies behind all our trials and difficulties. Romans 8:28—”We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God”—must be read in connection with Romans 8:29. Because God is committed to making us like His Son, His wisdom goes to work on every trial that comes our way in order to bring from it something that will enrich our character and make us more like Jesus Christ.
Infinite power is ruled by infinite wisdom. He could deliver us and make our lives comfortable, but in a fallen world this is not the best purpose. Understanding this is crucial if we are to live our lives the way God desires.
Father, forgive me that so often my goals are diametrically opposed to Yours. Help me bring my goals in line with Your goals. I shall need Your help to adjust. Whatever happens, keep me ever moving toward becoming more and more like Jesus. Amen.
How does Paul describe the foolishness of God?
What is hidden in Christ?