You Are God’s Choice
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the wombI sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations
You may have questioned the purpose of your existence among those who have not valued your contribution, talent, or family relation to them. Nevertheless, God’s love for you is greater than man’s opinion of you.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought inthe lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes didsee my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum ofthem! If I should count them,
theyaremore in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
Jephthah’s stepbrothers did not criticize their father for his sinful ways but only the result of his sin. How awful Jephthah must have felt when he lived in his father’s home and was disconnected from his estranged mother. The thought of being rejected by his cold andevasive stepbrothers who shunned the very appearance of him was something no one should ever experience. You may have encountered similar instances of rejection in your life which leftyou stunned with confusion andshame but you are not alone. Read what the Lord says to you:
Can a woman forget her suckling child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
This tragic account in Jephthah’s life is reflective of the scripture that describes the suffering Jesus endured during his lifetime on earth.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:andwe hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not
Jesus knew about the future outcome his enemies would later face because he said …“Forbehold the days are coming” (Luke 23:29) …“Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us;and to the hills, Cover us”(Luke 23:0). Despite their unawareness of Jesus’ compassion and love for them, Jesus earnestly prayed for their deliverance from God’s wrath by saying…“forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). If only Jephthah’s stepbrothers knew about the help they would need later before they threw out their future deliverer.
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