“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers…” Deuteronomy 7:6-8 ESV
I remember the feeling of being huddled up before a basketball game with my teammates, anxiously waiting to see which players coach would start, and the excitement that came across my face when she would choose me. You see, she chose who she did because of a certain skill set, knowing we could bring an amount of success to the game. When I dwell on this scenario of my high school days, I am so thankful God’s grace doesn’t work like it did on the basketball court.
Sisters, isn’t it freeing knowing God didn’t choose us because of how we perform in life? He chose us solely on the righteousness of Christ and his blood shed on the cross. The basis of God choosing you has nothing to do with you, and if it did, no one would ever come to know Christ. Our salvation has everything to do with grace because, frankly, we don’t deserve to be chosen.
In Deuteronomy, Moses explains why Israel is God’s chosen people, and his explanation is quite simple: he chose them because he loves them. It was nothing they did and nothing they could ever do that saved them. And this can relate to us even today…behind our believing—behind our faith in Jesus—is grace upon grace. We can go throughout this week, and the rest of our years, knowing God is sovereign, and he chose us before the beginning of time. And in this truth, we can know for certain that we have eternal security in the faithful hands of our Savior.
Father, thank you for your sovereign will in my life. Thank you for saving me and choosing me, not because of my own doings, but because of Christ being the propitiation for my sins. I know I am a wicked sinner in need of a Savior. Help me to take comfort in the fact that Christ has covered all depths of my sins.
Are you struggling with the idea of God choosing us? Reflect on 1 Peter 2: 9-10.