Amazing grace - Hope 103.2

Amazing grace

By David ReayMonday 13 Mar 2017LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Deuteronomy 7:7-11

7 “The LORD did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! 8 Rather, it was simply that the LORD loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the LORD rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. 9 Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands. 10 But he does not hesitate to punish and destroy those who reject him. 11 Therefore, you must obey all these commands, decrees, and regulations I am giving you today. (NLT)

Anyone who has been around Christian gatherings long enough is aware of just what a mixed lot comprise the people of God. All shapes and sizes and temperaments. Lots of different brands and sub-brands. Not exactly a set-apart breed of super-people who leap tall buildings with a single bound in the name of their God.

The same applied to the people of God in Old Testament times. As the Israelites were preparing to enter the Promised Land, God reminds them that he didn’t pick them to do so because of any particular merit. He simply loved them. He had chosen to embrace the world at large by first embracing one ethnic group. He stuck with his choice through thick and thin. His faithfulness trumped their faithlessness time and time again.

For the contemporary people of God it works out similarly. We can’t pat ourselves on the back for being on the road to eternal life with God. We can’t look down our noses at others who embrace different faiths and imagine we are morally superior. We can’t assume God has some sort of arrangement whereby only the clever or the talented or the influential put their trust in him. None of that is true. The bottom line of being the people of God is not our own goodness or faithfulness but the goodness and faithfulness of God who keeps his promise to be good and faithful.

Imagining we are somehow worthy of merit because we have faith in Jesus makes no sense. It is rather like a drowning man boasting about how wonderful he is for taking hold of a lifeline to save himself from death. Ultimately, we aren’t heroes. Simply desperate.

David Reay