Chosen and Loved

Deuteronomy 7:6-9

For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his chosen possession.

The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, because you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. 

Deuteronomy 10: 12-16

What does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

The Lord your God belong to the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.

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We all want to be chosen. Deep in our hearts, we know we want to be that person that someone sets his eyes on. To be showered with affection by the ones we love and care about.

And so we go great lengths just to have this affection. We try too much, and to hard. We want that approval. That pat on the back. That “job well done.” We long to be the recipient of someone’s “Out of all the people in this world, I chose you. There’s something special about you, that I just can’t take my eyes off you.”

But we are looking for this affection in the wrong places, from the wrong people. For whatever affirmation this world can give us will never be enough. There will always be that thing that we will always look for. Somehow, there will always be that void that we will always try harder and harder to fill. Nothing in this world can ever satisfy.

Because only God can.

Because He chose you.

Because He loves you.

 

 

 

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