Daily devotional

October 27 – Chosen, not choice

…”For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 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...” – Deuteronomy 7:6-8

Scripture reading: Acts 13:13-52

“Tis not that I did choose thee, for, Lord this could not be; this heart would still refuse thee, hadst thou not chosen me.” Now that we know the glory and grace of God in Jesus Christ, it seems incredible that we would ever refuse One so gracious and kind. Yet, such is the depravity of the human heart that we would have.

The stream of God’s grace can be traced back to before the creation of the world. From all eternity the God of our salvation selected from the human race some who would be recipients of eternal life. And it’s that eternal choice which leads some to choose to believe in Christ when they hear the gospel of salvation. That explains why the Gentiles in Acts 13:48 embraced the gospel. They were “appointed to eternal life.” The elect are chosen by God, but not because they are choice people; they are selected but not because they are select. God chose those He wanted to choose because He loved them. And if you ask why He loved them, the answer is because He did.

This truth of unconditional election not only magnifies the glory of God, but it also offers unspeakable comfort to unbelievers and believers.  If salvation were based on justice or merit, no unbeliever could have hope that he might be saved. Since salvation depends on God’s eternal good pleasure, everyone who knows Christ can know as well that his salvation is secure. God will never stop loving us because God never started loving us since from all eternity God had set his affection upon us.

Suggestions for prayer

Bless the God and Father of our Lord Jesus that He has chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world. Pray that God’s sovereign election would make us humble before His majesty and before others.

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. John van Eyk is the Senior Pastor of Trinity Reformed Church (United Reformed) in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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  1. John Zylstra

    October 26, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    It is good to acknowledge God’s choice. Scripture says God chose us. He chose Israel to be his holy people too. But we cannot rest comfortably in God’s choice, since God also gave us the ability to choose as well. As God chose the people of Israel, yet many of the Israelites chose to disobey, to ignore God, to worship other gods, to plant a foot in both worlds. And God allowed them their choice, and gave them up, pruning them from the people he had chosen. You see, part of God’s sovereign choice was to allow people to disobey. Either to love God unconditionally, or to disobey and reject Him. We wonder about that choice sometimes, but even our wonderment is part of the way that God made us in his image, different from the animals. Not just living by instincts, but by willful disobedience, or heartfelt desire to obey and follow Jesus. God is our assurance, our comfort, our joy. He is not our excuse for our disobedience.

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