True believers take a rap from some skeptics and non-believers at times. Our critics claim if predestination is true, we’re just puppets doing what God has made up His mind we’re going to do.
We have three good reasons to believe that predestination is a vital part of God’s plan.
First– we can believe it because God said it. Since God is absolute Truth and what He says is true it has to BE true.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:11.
God didn’t plan everything we would be and do. In His loving kindness He gave us free will in the Garden. He knows every choice we ever make, but He doesn’t make our choices for us.
Second–God is in control of everything. He loves us enough, however, to allow us to make stupid choices and flee from him in disobedience. Yet, all He can do is love us because He is love. That’s all He can do. Everything we do–make horrible choices, stray from Him, sin repeatedly, disavow Him like Peter, he will use to fulfill His purpose for us, and bring Him glory.
And we know that God works all things for the good of those who love him, who have been called [that’s us] according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Third–He created us IN HIM before the foundations of the earth.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. From Psalm 139
Think about this: Because He predestined us, we are His heirs. We are His beloved children, recipients of His grace and His mercy and His everlasting life, and His forgiveness, and His love, and His peace, and His endless blessings in Christ.
That alone is reason enough for me to believe in predestinaton.