Chosen, called, and upheld by God

One of the many good reasons to regularly study God’s word and apply it is so we can be reminded just how faithful God is to us and how beneficial that relationship is for us to make it in this life as we prepare for the next life. Isaiah 41:8-13 is one place where we can discover some of the spiritual benefits that flow into our physical world. Here’s what God proclaimed through his prophet:

8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.

12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Does this only apply to Israel?

Isn’t this passage only about physical Israel, the Jews? Based on what we are taught in the New Testament, Gentiles are counted as being the true Israel, the seed of Abraham, when our hearts sympathize with and believe in God and his principles along with what he wishes to accomplish through those principles by grace through faith in Christ (Romans 4:9-12, 16; Galatians 3:29).

Therefore, we are like Jacob in that we are the chosen. We are also like Abraham in that we are called the Lord’s friends by obeying his commands out of our faith in him with love (John 15:14-15).

Who was called?

In verse 9 above, we see God has called all kinds of us common folks from the ends of the earth and also people among the “chief men” who were considered leaders and influential in some way. Regardless of our being commoners or influential, we all became his servants–servants who will never be forsaken or cast out of his kingdom.

Consider the benefits

Our calling, our being chosen to be different from the rest of the world will automatically set off intense opposition from not only evil tendencies within our own nature, but also from the God-haters of the world, and principalities and powers in the spiritual world. So how is it even possible to survive attacks from all those enemies? It’s impossible in and of ourselves to make it as God’s chosen. That’s why the Lord laid out what he will do for us in verses 10-13 above.

We don’t have to allow fear and dismay run and ruin our lives because God has promised to be with us, strengthen us, help us, and uphold us with his power and righteousness–not our own. When our enemies stir up varying degrees of trouble, they better watch out because God said he will take them out like they are nothing. They will be destroyed sooner or later, even if it doesn’t happen in this life. Our enemies will see that we are indeed more than conquerors through the Lord Jesus.

Not only will he conquer them for us, he will hold our right hand to supply us with skill and stamina, fortify us with endurance, impart patience with persistence, and uplift us with victorious valiance against them. With the help of our Rock, one of us shall indeed chase a thousand, and two shall put ten thousand to flight in the name of Jesus. This is God’s promise from his word and his word never fails.

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