Have you ever wondered about people who are chosen by the Lord? Why are some people chosen and what did they do to deserve being chosen? If the Lord has selected you, does that mean that you are always chosen or can you mess things up so bad that the Lord changes His mind? Are people still being chosen or was that only in the early days of the Bible?
Am I the only one who has questions on this subject? I have been slowly reading my way through the Old Testament, and I have found myself wondering about the men who the Lord chose to do His works. The life of Moses is an interesting read. He, too, struggled in his life, but he was still obedient in trying to do the work of the Lord. He was not a great speaker, but he was chosen to lead the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Was Moses perfect? No, Moses was not perfect, and he disappointed the Lord to the point that he didn’t get to step foot in the Promised Land. However, I believe that the Lord still showed mercy on Moses, even after He was disappointed in him. The Lord allowed Moses to “see” the Promised Land; He just wasn’t allowed to step foot into the land.
Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, 2 all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, 3 the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”
When I think of some of the great men of the Bible, David is one of the first that comes to my mind. We all probably know that David was not perfect either, yet he was chosen by the Lord to be the king of Israel. BUT, David was not the Lord’s first choice to be king. He had handpicked someone else to serve as the king, and that man was Saul. I tend to forget about Saul being chosen by the Lord, and instead, I only think of Saul trying to kill David. What happened, why did Saul get replaced by David?
1 Samuel 15:28
28 Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors—to one better than you. 29 He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.”
Like Moses, Saul was disobedient, and the Lord replaced him. These men are prime examples of how you can be chosen but still manage mess things up. So, this brings me to wonder if the Lord still chooses people today. I have a mantra that I say daily, “I Am Chosen.” I don’t think that I am chosen in the same capacity as Moses and David, but I think that I am still chosen to do something. Plus, I think that you are chosen also. It is up to you and me to figure out what we have been chosen to do. We don’t need to know “how” we are going to carry out the Lord’s plan for us, we only need to “obey” the Lord and trust in His direction.
Have A Blessed Day!