Reality Check

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important—the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. He did it out of sheer love, keeping the promise he made to your ancestors. God stepped in and mightily bought you back out of that world of slavery, freed you from the iron grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations.” (Deuteronomy 7:7-9, MSG) 

Today’s verse makes me smile. It is as awesome as it is humbling, and I think a great follow-up to yesterday’s Daily Water on the fullness of God. The context from today’s verse is toward the end of the Exodus journey. All kinds of things have gone wrong, leading to a trip that should have taken a matter of days into one that lasted decades. Moses is teaching the Israelites on the Plains of Moab about how to live moving forward into their new lives. Part of that included this reality check of sorts, emphasizing that God didn’t choose His people because they were big and important, but rather out of the sheer love He held for them, and the promises made to their ancestors.

That’s a reality check many of us need today. We often feel like God loves us, because we’re awesome. Well, you are, but not on your own…you’re awesome, because God made you that way (Psalm 139:14), and He promises to love you forever, even in spite of yourself!

You can depend on God in all ways and all things. God keeps His promises, but asks you to trust and obey Him. Thanks now to Jesus, you need not fear your failures, but glory in God’s grace. May that be the reality check that changes your life today!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the reality check. Please forgive me the many times I allow my sense of self importance to cloud my judgment. Help me to embrace this reality of your magnificent mercy, so I may share in the glory of your grace. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

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