Chose You For You

My YouVersion reading has me in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy.  Moses is recalling what the Lord has done for the people and Israel is preparing to take possession of the Promised Land.

Moses reminds them of what God has done on their behalf and how, if they remain faithful to God, He will remain faithful to them.

In chapter 7, the people of God are reminded of why God picked them.  I think they are words we need to hear, too.

Deuteronomy 7:7-10:   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.8 But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

God did not love Israel because they were the biggest or the fastest or the strongest.  In fact, they were none of those things.  God loved them despite their shortcomings and was faithful to them.  The same is true for us – God doesn’t love us because of anything we do or are.  He has chosen to love us and will be faithful to continue to love us…to a thousand generations.

Reading these verses reminded me of a song I heard on the radio by JJ Heller. The chorus says, “I will love you for you.  Not for what you have done or what you will become.  I will love you for you.”

Good reminder that we are loved by God for who we are and our faithfulness to Him is a response of His faithfulness to us.

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