Chosen

We believe in the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints…

Deuteronomy 7:7

“The LORD did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.”

At the time of their deliverance from Egypt, the Israelites had been a rather nondescript Semitic (Middle Eastern) people. They had made no conquests or great inventions; they had built no great monuments; they had created no beautiful art. They were just an underclass of slave labourers. There was nothing intrinsically special about them – they weren’t better, stronger or more numerous than any other ethnic group. They weren’t even noted for particularly moral behaviour!

So why did God chose them to be His special people? “It was because the LORD loved you…” (verse 8) Logic and reason had nothing to do with it. And when we look around during a Sunday service, we too may wonder why God chose some of the members of our own church. Some of us wonder why He chose us…

He is a God who has always preferred to work predominantly through the weak, the foolish, and the poor (I Corinthians 1:26-29). Why? Probably because they know only too well that they need Him, and will therefore rely on Him rather than trying to do things in their own strength. So that the outside world can look at us and say not, “Look what they have done!” but, “Look what God has done!”

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