Psalm 107:1–3, 17–22; Genesis 9:8–17; Ephesians 1:3–6

I don’t remember elementary school sports very much. I do know that while I was never picked first, I was rarely picked last. I was neither particularly good nor bad at sports, hence being a middle pick. I did have preferences for whose team I wanted to be on, though. While I didn’t, therefore, have the angst of being picked last, I certainly didn’t want to be on just any team. I wanted to be on my choice of team.

In some ways, I think of both passages as God saying, “I choose you!”

God chose you, too!

In team sports, there is some sort of expectation of performance. Every year, professional teams hold a draft, competing with each other for the “next best” young player. Big-name colleges will scout and try to recruit high school players.

The difference between God’s selection and a draft is God isn’t looking at performance (we already blew it), God is looking at the heart. God calls everyone. However, just like a draft, one can refuse.

We often try to justify ourselves. Sometimes we try to justify our very existence. God just said, “I chose you. I love you. That is the justification of your existence.”


  • What does being by God mean to you?
  • Why is it hard to understand why a person would not want to be by God?
  • Is being by God a gift, a sacrifice, both?


Thank you, Lord, for choosing me. May I continue to strive to honor the gift. Amen.
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