Some people who feel worthless desperately seek for something to make them feel good about themselves. They sometimes think that they were saved because of something in them. Today’s devotional will challenge that kind of thinking. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Romans 9:10-12 (ESV)
10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”
“The divine purpose was made in that case irrespectively of character, for no character had been developed. If anyone says that it was made on account of character foreseen, I reply that there was no good character to foresee; but as far as Jacob is concerned, although grace did make him into a true patriarch and heir of the promise, yet by nature he was a very poor stick. As I read what he does, when his human nature is uppermost, I feel that there is nothing in him why any mortal man should choose him, and certainly there is no reason why God should do so. There is nothing foreseen about him except that God foresees that he will make him gracious, but that is not the reason why he makes him gracious. There is, at the back of it all, the reason that the Lord gave to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.’… The more we look at the character of Jacob, the more we must discard all idea that he was chosen for what he was by nature. From his birth, he bore the name of a supplanter, and his brother Esau bitterly said, ‘Is not he rightly named Jacob (that is, a supplanter)? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing.’ The expression really is in the original, ‘Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath Jacobed me these two times.’ He had supplanted his brother, put him out of his proper place; he was truly the father of all the Jews; and, though I will say nothing to their disparagement, yet at driving a bargain are they not the masters of us all? And such was Jacob from the very beginning; so, as God chose him, assuredly he chose him of his grace, and for no other reason than because he would do it. Election was not of works, certainly, in Jacob’s case; but of grace, and of grace alone.”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIV, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1898), p. 591]