I’ve got an amazing couple of verses of scripture to share with you today. Maybe you’ve read them before, maybe you’ve not. They’re tucked away in the book of Deuteronomy, the words that Moses gave unto the children of Israel. It’s a powerful book in the Bible, and I’d advise you and challenge you to make a study of it.
But here’s a great statement. In verse number 6 of Deuteronomy chapter 7, look what the Bible said. For thou art an holy people under the Lord thy God. The Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself above all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
Now watch verse 7. The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you because you were more in number than any people, for you were the fewest of all people. But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. That’s a great few verses of scripture.
Moses is reminding the children of Israel, God did not love you because of your might. God did not love you because of your power. God did not love you because of your morality. God did not love you because of your finances. God did not love you because of anything within you. God loved you because God is a good God. God loves you. He said being the smallest, being the weakest, he said it doesn’t matter. He didn’t set his love upon you because of your merit. He put love upon you because of his grace. Can I say that is a liberating, that is an empowering, that is an encouraging truth.
When you and I understand that we did nothing to earn God’s love or to merit God’s love, but he freely bestowed his love on us via his grace. God showed us mercy. God showed us kindness. As a proverbial Ruth, our Boaz threw down some handfuls on purpose and he took us though we were a stranger and we found grace in his eyes. He redeemed us with a mighty hand. He brought us out of the house of the bondmen. He broke the chains, tore down the walls and set us free. And it’s not because of our skin color. And it’s not because of our 401K. And it’s not because of our nationality. It is because of the grace and the goodness and the love of God.
For greater love hath no man than this, than a man would lay down his life for his friends. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. But God commended his love toward us and that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. And such were some of you, but you’re washed and you’re sanctified and you’re justified. Neighbor, God’s been good in our life. He set his love on us. Not because we earned it. Not because we deserve it. But because we have a good God today and we can rejoice in that he loves us.
Well, I hope this has been a help in your Christian life today.