God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV) Back in the 12th century there was a monk by the name of Bernard of Clairvaux. He was asked by a friend to write a book on humility. Bernard said he didn’t know enough about humility...
“And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God!” 2 Samuel 7:20
The word know has the sense of being singled out or laid hold of.
David is asking, “What can I say, Lord? Why me? Why have you dealt so graciously with me? I can’t explain it.”
Then we have this marvelous statement: “Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it” (7:21).
Notice that the blessing of God comes to the Christian believer from the heart of God. If you were to ask the question, “Why was I chosen? Why did God set his love on me?” you will never be able to go further than “according to God’s own heart.” God loved you because he loved you (Dt. 7:7). It was according to God’s heart that he brought all this blessing on David.
But if you were to ask, “But how can I know if I was chosen?” the answer lies in God’s promise. The Word of God reveals the heart of God to those who believe his promise. Do you want to know if you are chosen? Believe the gospel. If you believe the promise of the gospel, then you can be sure that God has set his love on you!
Which question do you find most troubling or perplexing: “Why was I chosen?” or “Am I chosen?” Ask God to help you settle the question today.