To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.
Eleven millionaires were on the Titanic, the famous luxury cruise ship that sank in 1912. One of those millionaires was Major A. H. Peuchen who brought along with him onto the Titanic over $300,000 in cash, jewelry, and securities. When the ship was going down, however, he didn’t grab any of those things on his way to the lifeboats. Instead, he grabbed three oranges. He thought the oranges would be more valuable to him at the time.
God can always have whatever he wants. “To the Lord belongs the heavens … the earth and everything in it,” Moses reminds the nation of Israel. If he wants a beautiful sunrise, it’s his. If he wants an oceanfront view, it’s done. If he wants a jaw-dropping view of the Rockies, no problem. But when he saw that this world was going down on account of our sin, he didn’t choose to reach for any of those things. “He chose you,” Moses said. And that truth doesn’t apply just to the nation of Israel. It applies to all who benefit from the work of the Savior who was born from that nation—the Savior who took the whip to save you, felt the nails to redeem you, dropped his blood to cleanse you, broke out of his grave to prove that your grave will one day release you, and sits up on high preparing the most wonderful place in all eternity just for you.
When you are reminded that we live in a world that is dying—remember God’s gracious choice of sending a Savior to save us from it.
Gracious God, keep me firmly rooted in your choice to send Jesus to be my Savior. Amen.