1 Samuel 12:22
"For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make a people for himself." God's love is beyond compare. When 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says "Love is...." Paul is giving us a description of God's love.
My natural reaction is to stay away from people who are too much trouble or cause me inconvenience, but God chooses to love those who reject Him. Romans 5:6-8 says Jesus Christ displayed His love by dying for us when we were incapable of helping ourselves – the ungodly, sinners, and enemies. Knowing full well all that Israel and Roy would do, God chose before the foundation of the world to make us His own. Ephesians 1:4-5 says, "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 to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will."
1 Samuel 12:22 says God has done this for "his great name's sake." The various names God uses to describe and define Himself are the essence of His character and His glory. So, the LORD's care and concern for His character and His glory flows to and benefits sinners like you and me. It is His purpose and pleasure to commit Himself to our "destiny."
Making a name for yourself infers making yourself public. The desire is for your reputation, fame, and renown to be known. Companies who have a "brand name" are cautious to protect their name because any blemish reduces their brand or reputation. But, God chooses those who, by their very nature, are blemishes.
How great is our God! He chose the foolish, weak, lowly and despised to make His name public. In 1 Corinthians 1:25-29, Paul proves that point very well. How sovereign is our God!
Great, Sovereign, and Good God, please forgive me for being more concerned about my name and reputation than Yours. How can I be so selfish knowing Your love for me and my total lack of merit? Jesus, thank You for caring for me when I was an enemy. Holy Spirit, quickly convict me when my words and actions reflect poorly upon my Lord and Savior.
Romans 9 is, of course, Paul's proof that salvation is all God's doing. Mankind is the clay, and He is the potter. It is He who chose between Jacob and Esau before they were born. Neither one had done anything good or bad, but God, according to His will, chose to whom He would show mercy and compassion.
Then in Romans 10, Paul says man is still responsible even though Romans 9 is entirely correct. Don't you love the tension in God's Word? God's sovereign purpose will not be thwarted. At the same time, man is responsible for receiving God's offer of salvation.
The Israelites were unwilling to accept God's righteousness provided through Jesus Christ. They were zealous for God but were bound and determined to prove their righteousness rather than receive God's.
God is not partial; He shows no distinction. He will pour out all His riches on those who call on Him. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord is saved. But man must call. God has sent those who preach so that mankind will hear and call because faith comes from hearing of Jesus' righteousness. He has faithfully sent His Word to the ends of the earth.
LORD God Almighty, Your plans, and purpose are perfect. You and Your instruction are worthy of mankind's acceptance, but because of our sinful inclination, we want to provide our method of righteousness. Thank You for showing Yourself to those who did not ask for You.