Chosen and Loved | Morning Routine Daily Devotional for January 20

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 and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. — Deuteronomy 7:7–8 ESV

Deuteronomy is Moses’ farewell speech, given to the Israelites before they cross the Jordan River and enter the promised land. He reminds them of the law and their history, reminding them that the Lord has been faithful to them ever since the time of their forefather, Abraham.

In today’s passage, Moses let’s God’s people know why they are His specially chosen people. Simply put, it was God’s good pleasure to choose them, to make an oath to Abraham, and to keep this oath throughout the generations. They were not chosen because they were great in number; they were the fewest of all people! Rather, “It is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” 

As Christians today, the same principle applies: The Lord loves us and has chosen us, not because of our good deeds, not because of our noble birth, nor for any reason for which we might take credit. The Lord chose us because He is compassionate and merciful. You are loved, my friend. The Lord cares about you, and the good news is that it’s not because you earned it! On the other hand, if you sin, the Lord does not cease to love you. Rest easy, knowing that you work from grace, not for it. Walk in that freedom. And strive to show that God-like grace and mercy to others who you encounter, instruct, and work with today!