Deuteronomy 7:9 – God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important – the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. He did it out of sheer love, keeping the promise he made to your ancestors. God stepped in and mightily brought you back out of that world of slavery, freed you from the iron grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend on. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations.
I love this verse. There are three really big, important chunks of wisdom in it.
First of all, if it weren’t for God – you would be a nobody. Without Him you wouldn’t be who you are or where you are right now. His love and grace saved you. You would never have been able to earn your salvation yourself. There’s nothing you can do to earn all of that, other than accept Him as your God, Lord and Saviour.
Which leads me to the second chunk. He freed you from slavery. This verse refers specifically to the Israelites who were freed from Egypt. In the same way that they were slaves to Pharaoh, we are slaves to our own sin. Our own mistakes, failures and disappointments. We’re slaves to other people’s sin too, suffering for their bad decisions.
God broke those chains for once and for all when He sent His Son to die for our sins. Because of that great act of love, we have been set free forever.
And lastly, God is a good God. A faithful God that can be depended on. One that never fails. His love reaches everywhere and anywhere. Our futures lie safely in His mighty hands.