Today's reading is just five verses. Yet these verses have troubled Christians for centuries. The troubling subject is predestination - did God predestine who would be saved? I do not think so, but let's take a look.
Verses 29 & 30 seem to be the most troubling to some. "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, ... And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." The words foreknew and predestined have generated much heated discussion over the years. However, God is not limited by time as we know it. Thus, I feel these words have to do with God's ability to see past, present, and future at the same time and not some predetermination before we were even born. God's foreknowledge means that God knows who will accept the offer of salvation not that any one of us is predetermined to be saved.
Furthermore, as far as predestination goes, this begins when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. When we truly do this, God knows we will become more Christ-like and, eventually, live with him for all eternity in heaven. Thus, if we accept Christ into our lives and allow him to be the leader of our life, then we are predestined to an eternal afterlife with God. An analogy, albeit a poor one, of this is buying an airline ticket. If one buys an airline ticket to Pittsburgh, then one is predestined to arrive in Pittsburgh.
Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,