March 20 – Faithful – He is Gracious and Faithful

Read Deuteronomy 7:1-26

I am not much of a sports fan.  I don’t really follow a team in any sport.  If I do, it is enough to catch the final score.  That way I do not appear to real sports fan like a completely uninformed person from another planet.

I suppose, if I were to become a sports fan, I would select a team leading their league.  Why invest my energies in a lost cause or an underdog?  (Sidebar:  I guess I wouldn’t be a Browns fan!)

Based on that same logic, I suppose that I never would have chosen the nation of Israel.  But God did.  It wasn’t that they were the biggest and strongest with a proven track record.  No, our Heavenly Father chose them, without logical reason, out of grace.  Moses makes that clear in verse 7 and 8.  They were not the largest nation…not the “favored team.”  The truth is, when He selected them, they numbered only two, Abraham and Sarah.  His choice of them was seemingly arbitrary, independent of anything they had done.  Nevertheless, He placed His love on them.

To be sure, Israel and the church are different entities.  But our experience of grace is the same.  If you are a Christ follower, don’t forget that your Father’s selection of you is no different.   There is nothing that you brought to the table that made you appealing to God.  Still, He loves you.

But Moses also reminded the nation chosen out of grace that God is a faithful covenant keeper (v. 9).  The promises made to Abraham more than 400 years before would be kept to the future thousandth generation of those who love Him.

He will be faithful to you as well.  He will never abandon you.  As one who began a work in you, He promises to bring that work to completion at the return of Christ (Phil. 1:6).

This gracious, faithful God is One who yearns for and is deserving of our complete devotion.

Thank you, God!

Steve Kern

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