6 “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. 7 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, 8 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.
Why did God choose Israel? Why did God make them his special possession? Was it because God foresaw that Israel would love him faithfully? No, that wouldn’t be it at all. Was it because Israel was a numerous people, wise and strong? No, God specifically says that this is not why he chose them. Was it because Israel responded favorably to his call? Not at all; God chose Israel and rescued them from Egypt before he made them his covenant people at Sinai.
Why did God choose Israel? This passage of Scripture gives us the answer. God chose Israel because he wanted to. God chose Israel because he loved her. God chose Israel because he promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to love their family. Why did God choose those three forefathers? Was it because they were wise, obedient, faithful, or because of their response to him? No, God chose those guys, so far as we can tell, simply because they were the ones he wanted to choose.
What about me, or you if you are a Christian? The Bible calls you chosen of God time and time again (cf. John 15:16; Eph 1:4). Why did God choose you? Is it because you were good? Of course not. All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23). Was it because he foresaw that you would choose him? No, the Bible makes it clear that you would not choose him on your own (Rom 3:9-12; Eph 2:1-3). God makes it plain to us that, when we come to him, we have no grounds for boasting in our selves (Eph 2:8-9). So, it is obvious that we are not chosen by God because he foresaw our choosing him; for then we could boast that we are chosen because we were more wise in our choices than the lost.
No, God chose us, if we are saved, in the same way that he chose Israel as a nation or her forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God chose us simply because he wanted to. It glorified him to choose to save sinners like us. Sometimes I even think to myself that it is my very wickedness of heart, my nasty nature, that has made it so glorifying that God would save me, a man who gives Paul a run for his money as the chief of sinners.
I cannot say why God has chosen me. I know it is because of no merit in me whatsoever. Thus, God’s choice of me must be out of his own gracious and sovereign will. I am grateful for that choice, though I brought nothing to the table other than the sin. God is truly gracious, and I am truly blessed to be his child. And if you are saved, you should be singing the same song.