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Reflecting on God's hand at work in the lives of biblical characters can give us some perspective on our own. Too often we worry ourselves to the point of sickness over choices we face. We imagine that choosing wrong can wreck everything--including God's will for our lives. While our choices certainly are important and have real consequences, we need not worry about thwarting God's overall plan for our lives. It won't happen. Gen 15:1-5; 12-21; Gen 25; Gen 27; Gen 29; Gen 30; Gen 34; Gen 35; Gen 36; Prov 16:9; 2Pet 2:4-9
God chose to set his love, his covenant mercies upon a particular people. From the very beginning of the demonstration of his mercies given to Adam and Eve, God promised that there would come one from the seed of Eve who would crush the serpent's head. The continuous fulfillment of this promise is highlighted in Noah and Abraham. This is the only hope for the people of the whole earth--God's covenant people through whom God brings righteousness and justice. In Genesis 18:16-21 God announces the purpose he had in choosing Abraham. In particular, it has to do with what Abraham and his descendants are to be doing. By addressing a question to the angels that have accompanied him in his visit to Abraham, the Lord is calling upon Abraham to participate with him in the Lord's establishment of righteousness and justice on the earth. This will mean two basic things for Abraham and his descendants: Instruction in God's word and Intercession in God's world. We too must answer the question: Are we concerned with what concerns God--the establishment of righteousness and justice on the whole earth?
Paul gives a host of reasons why God's people, the church, should be passionately greateful for the divine romance between God and the church. Election and adoption are two mysterious works of God for us that should move every heart to deep gratitude and passionate love for God.
We must decide that we are not going to straddle the fence any longer. Everyone is going to struggle with making the right choices. Everyday we face the decision about what and who we are going to follow. It’s time for us to be serious about God. It is the time for choosing.