9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. — 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
Think back to a time in your life when there was a particular group that you wanted to be chosen to be a part of. Do you remember the joy and exhilaration that you felt when you saw your name on the list or heard it called out? Multiply that feeling by a zillion zillions and you won’t even be close to the joy that we should feel every day because God has chosen us. Knowing that we are God’s special possession should fill our hearts to overflowing and cause us to shout praises from the mountaintops or in the deepest valleys. In the best and the worst of times, we, the chosen, can proclaim:
31 If God is for us, who can be against us? — Romans 8:31b
Think back to the time when you were a child and you were afraid of the darkness and how great it felt when Mom or Dad walked into the room, turned on a night light and took time to comfort and encourage you. Or as they stayed, held you and you drifted peacefully off to sleep. Multiply that feeling and that peace by a zillion zillions and you won’t even be close to the feeling of peace and the brightness of the light that comes when we answer the call of Jesus to come out of the darkness into His wonderful light. And think of this, they left the room when you drifted off to sleep, but we have the added assurance that God will never leave us nor forsake us. He is here to comfort and protect us all day and night, every day and night.
8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” — Deut. 31:8 NIV
No matter what circumstances are surrounding us or what situation we find ourselves in, we should be filled with joy because we serve a God who has been there, is there now, and will always be there.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. — Phil. 4:4-5 NIV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous