Today’s Scripture: And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48

This coming March I will be hosting a trip to Israel. We have planned out the trip, so I know what sights we are going to visit and the hotels which we will stay. If you are coming with me to Israel, it is predetermined what sights you will visit. I know what is in store for you, so I can tell you what to expect.

Here are a few places we will see: Jerusalem, the Garden Tomb, the Wailing Wall, the Tower of the Flock, the Dead Sea, and the Sea of Galilee.

Just because we have the trip planned out (ordained) doesn’t mean that we are forcing you to come to Israel. You don’t have to come and go to all these places. You choose to come because you want to. This is the same idea as being ordained to eternal life.

When we ordain a graduate of Dayspring, we recognize his call to be a pastor, and he recognizes his own call to be a pastor. We don’t force him to become a pastor; he volunteers.

When God ordains eternal life, He doesn’t force it on anyone. He ordained it to those who believed. They signed up, and God planned the trip. He predestinated them to be conformed into His Son’s image by foreknowledge. God knew who would believe, and by His foreknowledge He ordained them. God never forces salvation, but saves “whosoever will.”

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.