One of my FAVORITE lines in the whole Bible is this one: "The Lord was pleased to make you His own".
This was said by the prophet Samuel to the people of Israel after they had rejected God as King.
If you recall, the people had asked for an earthly king. To them, God wasn't enough. They wanted to be like the pagan nations, having someone to rule over them.
Samuel was grieved about this, but it grieved God even more, because it was He whom the people had rejected. (I Samuel 8:7)
Thankfully, it didn't take long for the people to come to their senses! When Samuel was saying his final "good-bye's", he graciously addressed the peoples' repentant heart. He told them not to be afraid -- even though they had done this evil against the Lord. Through the words of Samuel's mouth, the people were admonished and emboldened to "not turn away from the Lord" and to "serve the Lord wholeheartedly", in spite of their wrongdoing. Samuel also reminded them of the danger of worshiping useless idols. Then, he said some of the most beautiful words to them that I have ever heard:
"For the sake of His great name The Lord will not reject His people, because the Lord was pleased to make you His own."
(I Samuel 12:22)
And, those words still ring true today -- for you and me! Yes, THE LORD WAS PLEASED TO MAKE US HIS OWN! Even though we, His people, have grieved Him in many ways...even though we've turned to useless idols and forgotten about Him on a daily basis...even though we have looked more like the world than like Him, etc..., etc..., etc..., He still continues to call us unto Himself, longing for us to turn away from our selfishness with a repentant heart. And, when we do, He mercifully declares,
"For the sake of My great name, I will not reject you, because I am pleased to make you My own!"
Now if that kind of love doesn't make you love Him more, what will?
I Samuel 8 & 12
Copyright 4-13-18 by Angela Free
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