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Chosen

Chosen

25 July 2009

Scripture:

10 “But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the Lord. “And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be. 11 I am the Lord, and there is no other Savior." (Isaiah 43:10-11 NLT)

It comes across as very important in Isaiah’s prophecies to verify that God alone is God and that idol making and idol worship is absolute foolishness. It’s also important to Isaiah to make it clear that God alone knows the future and has both the will and the power to shape the destinies of empires and individuals. (By the way, the stuff about Cyrus is amazing! Isaiah named him 150 years before he ruled, before his empire even existed, and prophesied precisely what he would do to restore Judah and Israel 80 years before Judah was conquered!)

Anyhow, God’s people are chosen to know him, to believe in him, and to understand that he alone is God. And to tell their God stories as personal, individual witness to this truth and reality.

So here’s the thing… If you’re in transition right now and aren’t really sure what you’re chosen for or even if you’re chosen at all. Or if you’ve lost your job or your business has shut down and you’re wondering how you’ll survive. Or you’ve retired and you’re wondering what worthwhile and productive thing there is for you to do...

You have been chosen to know God, to believe in him, and to understand that he alone is God. And your current purpose in life is to give witness to those things. Trust him, believe him, and then tell the stories of answered prayer, of divine provision, of his encouragement, of hope he gives in the darkest times.

That’s your purpose. That’s what he chose you for. To know him, to believe in him, to understand he alone is God, and to be a living demonstration of simple child-like faith and trust to everyone who knows you. Not a bad job, really!

Prayer:

Father, thanks for choosing us to be witnesses of the few things we can really count on right now – that we know you, that we believe in you, and that we understand that you alone are God. Help us to tell our own God-stories boldly and joyfully in witness to our world. Amen.

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