7 The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. (Deuteronomy 7:7-9 NIV)
Contrast – between God’s choosing for the assets and strengths of the people vs. God’s choice out of his love and faithfulness.
God’s actions toward us are based on who God is not on who we are.
Love is the governing principle here — God sets affection, God loves, God’s covenant is one of love.
We somehow have convinced ourselves that love is a New Testament principle, something that Jesus introduced. But here in the depths of the Old Testament is love as the basis of the covenant God made with Israel, love as the root of all God does. God is love is not a new thought in 1 John 4 but rather a reminder of what has already been said and shown.
Love – God’s love – is not about who we are but about who God is. Not about our worth – our being numerous – our value but simply God.
God of Love, you act toward me not as I deserve but as you love. You choose out of love rather than my deserving. And thanks be to you for it! You are faithful when I am not, you are loving when I am not. May I learn anew from you and live out of your love and faithfulness. Amen.