“The LORD did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the LORD loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors…He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’” Deuteronomy 7:7-8 & 8:7
There was nothing attractive about God’s chosen people. They weren’t powerful. They weren’t influential. They weren’t wealthy. They were slaves. They were the meaningless of the meaningless. Yet God chose to work through them.
The same is true about God’s people today. He didn’t choose us because of our strength, wealth, or popularity. In fact, those very things can get in the way because when people see what has been done, they can attribute the handiwork to the people of God, not God Himself. So God chooses the broken and weak. He uses the humble and meek. And He tells His story through us.
And when we look back at the way the Creator of the Universe who scooped out the oceans with His fingertips directed our stories with those same hands, all we can do is stand back in amazement.
We cannot put our hope in a political party or a politician. We cannot place our trust in a job or a relationship. We cannot find our strength in our own capabilities. Ultimately, all of these will fail. But fortunately, God doesn’t choose us because of our extraordinary abilities and astonishing good looks. He chooses us because we are available.
We don’t have to do it on our own. In fact, we cannot do it on our own. So let’s stop trying. Let’s throw caution to the wind and live our lives fully confident in the One who has amazing things to accomplish – things that only He can do. Things that He wants to do through people like you and me. We didn’t do anything to earn God’s love. So let’s respond to His invitation with reckless abandon.