Word of God

God’s voice is such an odd thing to figure out. Sometimes it is so obvious, sometimes it is way too elusive.

Thursday morning, I woke up and immediately started speaking scripture over my life. And then a random reference was given to me: Deuteronomy 7:8. With very little faith I’d find something useful and applicable there, I pulled out my Bible. I was even a little hesitant to follow up on the prompting, because I didn’t want to deal with what my reaction would be should the passage talk about ritual uncleanness or something like that.

Well, it didn’t. As a matter of fact, it just so happens to be a long-lost highlighted passage in my Bible. And it seems to be right-on regarding where I sense my life to be right now. Take a look:

6 “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. 7 The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; 8 but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

9 “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

I haven’t sought the Counselor on all I’m to learn from this word, but it immediately rang true in my spirit. I feel I’m in a calm-before-the-storm time right now–with the storm not necessarily being a bad thing, but a new and powerful thing. A new season.

Sherry was just telling me that very thing–that something new is coming down the pipe for me. And then I told her about the above scripture God gave me and she totally agreed with it. So, we’ll see what happens. Obviously, the end of verse 9 is key in experiencing the faithfulness of our Lord.

I loved the set up for verse 8 in verse 7. God doesn’t choose us based on earthly standards. We can’t earn or warrent the love of God. He simply chooses to love us. His people are a special treasure to Him.

1 Peter 2:9-10 drives this home. It’s so encouraging!

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

God, I love you. It’s so easy to love you because of what you’ve done for me. But I want to learn from you how to love you simply because I choose to–because of who you are, not what you’ve done. What you’ve done for me and continue to do for me is simply a bonus. Thanks for your help on this and for your grace that will see me through.

Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a blogger, marketer and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.