For you, are people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord, your God, has chosen you out of all of the peoples on the face of the earth, to be his people, his treasured possession. Deuteronomy 7:6
Consider your current job where you have worked very hard and have consistently received excellent performance appraisals. Due to a company merger, proposed changes have been anticipated to eliminate staff. You receive an email from your manager requesting a meeting the next day to discuss your future with the company.
After a sleepless night, you enter your manager’s office, not knowing what to expect, but you are prepared for the loss of your employment. Much to your surprise, you learn that you have been chosen for a promotion to a managerial position. As you accept the change in job responsibilities, you commit to fulfilling all of the expectations that were presented to you.
The Israelites were also chosen by God to express the love, grace, and mercy that He has for humanity. God’s plan was to provide complete restoration to the Nation of Israel after delivering them from 400 years of bondage in Egypt. God provided, protected, and blessed Israel without failing. Even so, the people disobeyed God’s commands by embracing and participating in the pagan rituals of idol worship. Their story is our story; we are spiritual Israel, and in spite of being chosen by God, we are everything but faithful to Him.
Perhaps we can begin to look at our lives from a different perspective. We have been created by God to give Him the utmost praise and reverence above anything or anyone. Yet, we follow our inclinations and are distracted by the pleasures of this world. God’s plan for fallen and sinful humanity is to bring us to a state of complete restoration. If we obediently follow His commands, we will receive our greatest reward, Eternal Life. We have been chosen to live forever with God in the new and perfect earth where death, sorrow, crying, and pain will never exist. I am chosen you are chosen. The time is now for us to fulfill our role and meet the expectations of God’s divine plan.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I thank you for choosing me. I desire to be obedient and to follow your plan for a complete restoration. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020