Day Three: By Him Who Calls

10 Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” Romans 9:10-13 NIV

“If one’s righteousness were the condition for God’s grace, no one would enter the kingdom. All would experience separation from Him in a Christless place called hell if grace were based on human response to God’s righteous conditions. But that is what is so amazing about grace! The point is not that God loved Jacob more than Esau, but that He desired to make a covenant with Jacob instead of Esau. Consequently, the reason why election is referred to in Malachi 1 is not to create a sense of exclusion. Instead, election is deployed by the prophet to comfort and reassure the people of God. God’s electing love is not based on performance, position, or power. It’s based on His prerogative.” (Fries, Micah, et al., Exalting Jesus in Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary, p. 208)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that your purpose in election stands above all other factors and influences in my life. When difficult times come, may your amazing grace reassure me that your plans will prevail. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s sing to the song “Grateful” by Elevation Worship (click here).

– CR