Prayer for the day
Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; have mercy on me and answer me. You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.” Your face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not your face from me, nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
Scripture for the day
The theme of God choosing runs right throughout the scriptures. People down through the history of the church have argued whether God chooses who He will save, or chooses how the saved will be incorporated into the kingdom, or both. I don’t think it’s nearly as important as the discussion about what happens to the chosen.
Isaiah is one of the chosen. He is one of the people of Israel, chosen by God to bring his message of love and care to the people of the world, to demonstrate to them the life that God has in store for them. Isaiah is to lead these people in the charge once God has worked through the purging that has to happen in the nation in order to “right the ship.” God has chosen the people, but that does not allow them to be irresponsible with His choice. They are still responsible to fulfill the call He has placed on them.
Paul clarifies for us the purpose of God’s choice: not so that we might boast in how special we are, but so that God might be glorified in us as we live out the life he has determined for us.
Both Paul and Isaiah are insistent that once chosen, we will see things differently. Paul prays that the eyes of the hearts of the Ephesians will be opened to see the good things of God, and Isaiah desires the same thing for himself and for his people.
We also need the eyes of our hearts to be opened to the glory of God’s choice to make us holy. May they be so for you.