On this stormy morning, it has occurred to me that a person will never be like a fruitful tree planted by the rivers of water (Psalm 1:3), until he first, drinks from the well of life that Jesus offers to all (John 4:14).
Many people, and especially the kids, are counting down the days to Christmas and know that it is just a couple of weeks away. A much smaller number of people are eagerly counting the days to another event that will happen eight weeks after Christmas.
In about 72 days, the umps will shout “Play Ball,” and baseball’s Spring Training will begin. Each of these talented players caught the eye of a scout because he was an All Star during his high school or college years. When he steps across the white chalk line to play America’s Game, he joins the best of the best and the cream of the crop on a finely manicured field of dreams.
Aren’t you thankful that God didn’t scout you and make you prove your worth before He chose you? He selected you just like He did the Hebrews:
“It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” ~Deuteronomy 7:7-9
Even though there’s nothing special about you, Moses says that God has chosen you and made you the special object of His love. If the two verses above were a book, the four chapter titles would be:
- The Lord Loves You
- God Keeps His promises
- You Can Be Redeemed From Whatever Enslaves You
- God Is Faithful and His Love Is Steadfast
He doesn’t love you because you are good, smart, pretty, wise or because you have great faith. God loves you because He is love; and, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (I John 4:10).”