Scripture Reading: I Samuel 12:19-25

“For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for Himself.” (I Samuel 12:22)

Do you realize that you belong to the Lord? He has made you for Himself. It pleased Him to make you His son or daughter — “But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine” (Isaiah 43:1). God not only created us for Himself, but He also redeemed us and made us His own. He paid a tremendous price for us — the death of His Son.

In eternity past God chose you to be His own — “Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will” (Ephesians 1:4,5). Long before He created the universe, God had you and me in His mind. We became the special objects of His love and He was determined to bring us into His family.

Peter reminds us who we are — “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (I Peter 2:9,10).

Whenever you get down on yourself and question your value, remember these words — “It has pleased the Lord to make you a people for Himself.”

Heavenly Father, I do not understand why You chose me to be one of Your children. I know how unworthy I am for You to set Your love on me. Thank You for making me Your own. I know it cost You dearly to do so, for You redeemed me by the blood of Your Son. Thank You for adopting me into Your family and lavishing Your love upon me. I know that I belong to You.


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