Sometimes in the midst of struggle, we forget our deepest joy . . .
Do you remember back in grade school when the teacher would gather the class to pick teams? Did you dread it as much as I did? Team Captains vied for the most athletic kids, the smartest, the most popular. While the rest of us shrank back, reduced to the value of dime store cast offs.
God doesn’t choose people based on talent, smarts, or popularity. God doesn't choose people based on talent, smarts, or popularity. Click To Tweet He brought this reminder to me on a day I was feeling particularly unwanted. As I sat before Him, small and wretched, God opened this simple verse to my heart:
“God . . . chose Abram . . . “
For some inexplicable reason, God looked down into the vast sea of humanity and picked me out of a mass of faces. He reached past stronger people, beyond those more deserving, over super achievers, and chose . . .
God chose you.
He chooses us despite any lack we may feel; in the face of every weakness and need with which we struggle.
“[He] brought him out of Ur . . .”
God brought you out of your old empty life . . .
God brought us out of the rut and ruin of yesterday to lead us into a new life for today, buoyant with promise for tomorrow.
“He gave him a new name, Abraham”
God gave you a new name, “Beloved Child”
God gave us a new name, too — a whole new identity. A spotless slate. A fresh start and opportunity to strike out on a path of purpose and significance. John 1:12-13, Song of Solomon 6:3)
As if that wasn’t enough, God chose you and me as His treasured possession.
Not because we deserve it, we know we don’t, but simply because of who He is. Sovereign. Gracious. Merciful.
How is it that we allow anything to eclipse such an amazing gift? Isn’t our redemption alone enough to lift our head and set our hearts above our troubles? Yet somehow, in the thick of things we lose sight of it . . .
But today God leans over, looks into our eyes and reminds us, “I could have chosen anyone, but I chose you.”
What has God used to encourage you when you felt unwanted?
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