Deuteronomy 7:6-7 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;..”
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
Isaiah 43:10 You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.
John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that you fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
1 Thessalonians 1:4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you,
It is a constant, amazing fact to me, that God CHOSE me. He knew ALL the mistakes, all the times I repeatedly made the same ones…because I had to keep up with friends, I really liked smoking at the time, my friends were all going to this event my parents would be disappointed in, but to fit in, I had to go too. We all have our own tales, our own mess-ups, and confessions, and life tales.
But for me, I finally found a biblically teaching/preaching church, so I chose Him. I was so lucky to get accepted; hearing the story of the last man and then the gates closed, scared me to death. I knew I was the last one in because I was pretty awful! As the old nursery rhyme goes, ‘There was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead; when she was good, she was very, very good, but when she was bad, she was horrid!’ Both grandmothers sang this to this curly headed child often, (I was convinced they had written it about me!) and I knew I was at times horrid to my brother, thinking bratty thoughts when I was scolded…I was unworthy! Horrid!
It was not until I was well into my bible studies, my interactions with church members, preachers, and some tv preachers that I learned ‘NO, girlfriend, you are not good enough, you can do anything to be good enough…this has nothing to do with what you do behavior wise. God CHOSE you, and you chose to accept the invitation to have a personal relationship with the trinity.
No, that does not then give me permission to do wrong, although I still have many flaws needing correction and dispelling, I know it is a growing process. But my sins are forgiven, and I am one of the chosen. No matter how horrid, no matter how imperfect, I am chosen to be in the Kingdom with God, His Son my Savior, and the Holy Spirit.
For a time after I realized God chose me, I worried about friends and family who are not believers, who allow their boredom times to be doing anything rather than delving to see who God is, why I am free, happy, and urge and encourage them to do their own research. But had God not chosen them? Was it really,’ He said, this one I created gets in; these three, I choose not to let in; the next seven after than will come in?’ I wondered if certain ones in my large circle were predisposed to heaven and some to sin, by not accepting the invitation. Would my praying for them to experience others who had faith, and a deep belief, just not be wasted? No, I don’t think. There is an opportunity until the last breath to accept Jesus.
NO, I don’t believe that or think that any longer. I believe He gives us repeated opportunity to accept His invitation.
I believe He CHOSE us all; but the glitch is we have to make the CHOICE to choose Him back. That’s a life and death decision if you make the wrong choice. Unfortunately, when folks are restless, seeking something,– but WHAT thing—they play on a device, read a book, go socialize. They recognize a void, and I think most often don’t mention this “emptiness, this hole within” but they are aware of it. I think often times, they feel something is wrong with them, and they should NOT feel wanting.
But God designed us to have a relationship with Him. And when we don’t, we have a void, something which is unidentifiable, a restlessness, emptiness, and until we find and accept Jesus into our lives and make Him savior, this can remain.
So He designed us, created us, knew every error, mistake, sin we would and will commit; and still He CHOSE us. He does fill our emptiness. He gives us forgiveness, grace, guidance, Light, Truth, and conviction so we can deepen the relationship further. But He CHOSE us. We, who believe and follow, just realize we were smart enough, humbled enough, low enough, empty enough to reach out and CHOOSE Him. But He chose us first.
Then things fall into perspective—no, not that we will not have concerns, family issues, hurts, disappointments and life things….we may still have to crawl out of a barrel of slime. But we are not alone. God is with us and urging us forward, reminding us He is with us.
Always there will be life things, but how much easier to walk through the dark, stressful, painful periods with the Creator who loves you. , and Jesus said we would all have tribulations. But we are chosen, and if smart enough, we chose back; therefore we are also His children and NEVER alone. He promises that. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:5. Hebrews 13:5).
Thank You for making me one of Your chosen; You send Your blessings daily for me and ‘mybellaviews.’