Do you ever wonder what you have done to deserve God’s love? Do you ever wonder what reason He would give for why He has loved us as His people? Is it because we’re better than anybody else? Is it because of something we’ve accomplished or merited? These are big questions and they are not new. Turns out God’s People have had them for a long time. And it turns out that God has given an answer. Well… kind of.
At the end of the Exodus – God’s leading out of His People from Egypt – God reveals to His Chosen People why He has loved them. The Jews could have been tempted to pride in that they were the People God had chosen and set His love upon. They could have looked at themselves for a reason for God’s special saving love. But in this remarkable statement by Moses – inspired by the Spirit – God reveals the true reason. Or non-reason.
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Deut 7:6-8 ESV
When we read this closely we see that God has chosen His People out of love. Nor for any particular reason such as they being already great or numerous. In fact, the Jews were not yet so special. They were not a huge nation. They had not yet built a great civilization. The great storyline of the Bible – New and Old Testaments – is that God has chosen and worked to save a People for Himself. So what is spoken in general here to Israel matters for us as well. God had chosen Israel (and us as the grafted in) and loved them/us with a saving love. Why? Look in the text and see (I emboldened it for you). God loved us because He loved us. Huh?
I’m a pretty logical guy (Logic is an attribute of God by the way!) and I can see when I’m being given a non-answer. God loves His people because He loves them. That’s a bit circuitous. But it turns out that it makes sense in light of God’s magnificent, mysterious grace. It is not because we are anything, or have done anything, that we earn, merit, deserve His saving love. It is because He has loved us that He loves us. Why??? We may ask. Just because, He answers.
It is a great mystery why some come to believe in God and join His people. It is not for us to dwell upon the whys but to share the Good news of what He has done to save sinners. And when we find ourselves believing members of God’s great family, we must never be given to pride. We’re not better than anyone. Or more deserving, clever, fortunate, or open-minded. It is because of His mysterious and wonderful love. He loves us because He loves us.