‘May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.’ Psalm 20.1
Jacob was a man chosen by God - yet if you read the account of his life and his actions he was far from perfect. In fact, since he seemed to make an art out of deception he was certainly not chosen for his uprightness! He was chosen simply because God chose him. If we were invited to select someone to occupy his place in history we would almost certainly have selected someone else, perhaps even his brother who was to show grace and forgiveness when they were reunited after Jacob’s deception had driven them apart.
Similarly, you too are chosen by God - Ephesians 1.4 states this clearly. You can probably think of many reasons why he should not choose you – but he has. You need to be at peace with this because God evidently is! Of course, he wants you to be attentive to your life style and walk closely with him, but these aren’t things you have to do in order to qualify for his favour. You have his favour already; he chose you before the very foundation of the world – so rejoice in it.
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