«Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will» (Ephesians 1 :5).
With a wingspan of 97.5 m (320 11 in) and a length of almost 67 m (218 ft 8 in), the Hughes H-4 Hercules was an extraordinary aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company. It was a plane capable of taking off and landing on water, and was mainly built from wood during the Second World War. It had the capacity of transporting 750 passengers and crossing the Atlantic with a heavy load. On the other hand, the De Havilland Comet was the first commercial airliner that was designed at the end of the forties and built in the United Kingdom. In order to ensure its technological feasibility , its components, control yoke, flight control system, aerodynamics of its nose an even its engine were rigorously tested on different airplanes, revealing a sturdy structure as well as a great power to fly. Lastly, the Beechcraft Starship, created by the famous aerospace designer Burt Rutan and produced by Beech Aircraft Corporation, was a small plane with a system of rear propellers which provided a futuristic style. Built with the best materials, it had a bright and promising future in the eighties.
Although these aircrafts had different designs and capacities and were built with different materials, they had something in common: there were designed to fly. In other words, they were predestined to be in the sky. Nevertheless, though several aircrafts were produced, only a few took off.
Today’s verse points out that you and I were also predestined. God «predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself» Eph. 1:5). In His love, according to the good pleasure of His will, He predestined us to be saved. He equipped us with everything we need: truth, justice, the good new, faith, prayer, and God’s Word. He armed us with an unbeatable armor (Ephesians 6). However, having been predestined to be saved, this does not mean that we really will be. As Paul suggests in Philippians 2: 12, we you have to «Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling» (Phil. 2:12). We still need to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:11-12), search the Scriptures (John 5:39), watch and pray to avoid falling into temptation (Mark 14:38) and be obedient to all the words that comes from the mouth of God (John 14:15).
Decide today to use every instrument provided by the great Manufacturer. He will be by your side to give you advice. If you allow Him, He will also be the pilot who will take you to a safe destination.