Scripture: verse 4
He chose us in love before the creation of the universe to be holy and without defect in His presence.
Observation: The creation of the universe was an awfully long time ago. Of course, God is outside time, so I suppose that doesn’t seem like a big deal to Him. But it’s a big deal to us. To know that we were always chosen. That He knew He wanted us to be with Him as soon as He thought of us. To know that there has never been doubt or change in His plans for us. To know that He was planning to bless me, knowing every mistake I would make, before I made any of them. I can’t scare Him away. He loves me.
I’ve been reading a lot of Pride and Prejudice fanfiction lately (don’t judge!), as well as writing some of my own. And this is the crux of the plot in every iteration of that story, as it is in so many others – that the woman believes that her mistakes, her pride, her words, her family, her junk, whatever form that takes, have offended the man so deeply that his love has died and he no longer cares about her. (Sometimes it’s the other way around, of course, but with P&P at least it’s usually the woman.) And the miracle is that that’s not true, that true love can take whatever beating life deals out.
God chooses to love us like that. He looks at our junk – and there’s a lot of junk – and he decides that he loves us too much to let the junk matter. So, just as Mr. Darcy chooses to cover Elizabeth’s lack of fortune with his own, God covers our junk with his perfection. No questions asked.
Application: This is about confidence. About boldly approaching the throne of grace (Hebrews 4). About not hiding our flaws from God, because He’s already covered them. About not worrying about bothering Him with our issues, because He’s already chosen to be involved.
Prayer: Father, teach me to trust you with my heart. Teach me to know you’ve already chosen me. Help me to be confident in Your love and not fear exposure. Amen.