I am normally pretty frightened by the concept of predestination and here Paul uses the word for the second time in just a handful of verses. I don't have a clear sense of what it means, but what strikes me here is not so much the choosing or the not choosing, the included or the excluded, not so much the picking but the purpose. To trust Jesus is to make God look good. To put our hope in Him regardless of circumstance or doubt or a difficult day is to give God glory. There is beautiful simplicity here: today we have the opportunity to show off how good our heavenly Dad is in a world that desperately needs fathering. Today, just by saying that He is where our hope is, heaven sings His praises just a little bit louder. Our limping faith is enough to cause angels to roar.