Read Deuteronomy 12:1-7 …
Those things that God opts for, or chooses, surely have an importance. Recently, while listening to a sermon, that importance was highlighted from the book of Deuteronomy. That book is a record of Moses reviewing the covenantal instructions with the Israelites before they entered the Promise Land. Those instructions included speaking of three things that the Lord says He chooses.
Look first to Deuteronomy 7. At the beginning of this chapter God is telling His people that when they enter the land those inhabitants will be cleared away before them. They are to remain pure and undefiled as a people. Why? Because God says the are a “holy people” and that “God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession” (v.6). Not because they were numerous or strong, but because God says He loves them and means to keep His promises.
Then turning to Deuteronomy 12 where, again, God gives the people instructions to completely destroy those places that the inhabitants of the land had created to worship their false idols. These places were to be destroyed so that the Israelites wouldn’t be tempted to worship in the same places or by the same means. God says His children should seek Him at “the place which the Lord your God chooses” (v.5). This place, chosen by God, will be the place where they were to bring their offerings and sacrifices.
Now to Deuteronomy 17 where again, God tell them that He will make a choice. God knows that the people will want to become like those around them and will eventually ask for a king “like all the nations” (v. 14). But God reminds them, that the one that will be selected as king will be someone “whom the Lord chooses” (v. 15) – someone from their own people.
Now watch this …
God has chosen a King to be over His people. When the angel Gabriel visits Mary, he says that her child “will be great” and that “the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David” (Luke 1:32). Pilate, once Jesus was nailed to the cross, also confirmed the true identity of Jesus with a sign that said, “This is the King of the Jews” (Luke 23:38). God chose Jesus to be the King and gave Him a kingdom that will last forever, will always be strong and sure, and will never be overthrown.
God has chosen a new place for His people to worship. In the conversation between the woman at the well and Jesus, she finally decides to ask a religious question. “Where are we supposed to worship?” she asks, for at that time worship was done at a particular place. The answer shows that the true worshipper will now be worshiping “in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). In context, Jesus has removed the importance of the physical location and placed the importance squarely upon the worshipper.
God has chosen a new people. From before the foundations of the world we are told that God has chosen who would be His people “in Christ” (Eph. 1:4). Further, Peter also joins the chorus by telling us that “you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession” (1 Pet. 2:9). Those that God has chosen are no longer circumcised in the flesh, but now have their heart circumcised.
These things should give the Child of God great confidence in the promises that have been made regarding the blessings that we have now as well as the blessings that we know will be ours in the future. So, the next time one might get down and out or acutely feeling the rigors of this life remember this one simple truth, God has opted for you.
Have you opted for God?