The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. (Deut. 7:7-8)
Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee. Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee. Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Deut 9:3-5; see also Deut. 18:12)
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. (1Cor. 1:26-31)
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2Cor. 12:9-10)
Our God has not changed. He still is the same faithful God that He was in the days of Israel’s conquest of the land of Canaan. He still chooses to love us in spite of who we are in our sinfulness and insignificance. He still pours strength into us because we are weak and have need of Him.
Some would question God and say, “How could a loving God order the conquest of Canaan?” The answer is found in our verses: our God is a holy God who must judge sin. In the Old Testament, He used Israel to bring judgment on the nations that turned away from Him. He did not do it immediately (Gen. 15:16), but in longsuffering waited until there was no remedy. Yet in that day, just as in this, those who turned from their sin and sought the LORD were spared (see Rahab, Joshua 2). God’s dealings with mankind are different today, however, in that we are told to “love your enemies” (Luke 6:35). God will indeed bring justice and righteousness, but it may not be in this life, and He will do it himself.
As we consider those who are chosen, let us consider God’s Chosen One, the Lord Jesus Christ:
“Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights;” (Isaiah 42:1 ESV)
Behold Him, the perfect Servant, yet Son of God.
Worship Him, the meek and lowly One who bore the weight of our sin.
Obey Him, the exalted Sovereign who will one day reign from sea to sea; and
Watch for Him with anticipation, the Bridegroom who comes again to receive His bride to Himself.
How wonderful that He should choose us! (John 15:16)
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” (Ephesians 1:4).