32And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—33who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. (Hebrews 11:32–34, ESV)
This could be the motto for the Children of Israel: “They were made strong out of weakness.”
In Moses’ farewell message to them, He says, “6For 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. 7It 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, 8but 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” (Deuteronomy 7:6–8, ESV).
That sounds like a very precarious relationship to be in. They are “a people holy to the Lord,” but only by His choice. If they had something to offer, some reason to give in order to justify His care and attention for them, perhaps they could feel more secure in their relationship with God. But they don’t. They weren’t the most numerous. They weren’t the wealthiest. They weren’t the most powerful. The only reason they were holy to God was because He chose them.
Except that is no small thing. There is nothing more secure than to have been chosen by God. That’s precisely how God likes to work. And He has chosen you. It may not be the most flattering statement, but it is a powerful promise. “26For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:26–30, ESV).
Far from being a precarious relationship because you have nothing to offer, it could not be more secure because it is based on God’s promise, which was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. You don’t have anything to offer God. But He has everything to offer you. And it is all yours in Jesus Christ.