Determine Defined from my Perspective
One definition for determine is to ascertain definitely, as after consideration, investigation, or calculation. I can determine if an investment is a good one or a waste of precious resources based on current information. Of course, that can change over time. I can investigate the best food for my tropical fish. Again, that can change over time. What I feed them today is not the same as what I fed my fish fifty years ago. I can also perform a calculation, like a percentage, to know what I might save using my Target REDcard. However, the final price of the product might change over time, so my “savings” might also be quite different a year from now. It seems many things vary even after consideration, investigation, and good, consistent calculations.
Determine Defined from God’s Perspective
One of the truths I hold dear is that God doesn’t change. What he determines is really determined. He is determined. His determination is a very good thing for those who trust him. I don’t have to revisit my previous research or reexamine the percentages to see if he has somehow become less all-knowing, unchanging, and true to his word. His determination is quite different from yours and mine.
Here are some things he determines. We can’t number the stars; he knows how many he has made and each of them has a name. “He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.” Psalm 147:3-5
God also determined to rescue those who accepted his terms for rescue. Luke 22:22 says, “For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” Jesus said this before Judas betrayed him at the last supper. His disciples kept telling Jesus that dying wasn’t the best solution. He was to be king! But God had determined a far better route and his plan would not be altered or deterred by any friend or foe.
How to Identify a Follower of Jesus
A disciple of Jesus is someone who humbly understands that they aren’t special because they are better than anyone else. A good reminder comes from Jesus. He told his followers he would no longer call them servants but call them friends. He determined that. That should result in obedience and worship.
John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
Five Minute Friday
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All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version except as otherwise noted.