Today's devotion from Deuteronomy 10.
Why? Why does God stick with Israel? Why doesn't He simply wash His hands of them. After everything they've done, after every mistake, God is still pursuing them. What is it that God wants from them? Read verse 12 and see that all God desires is their devotion and obedience. He longs for their love and worship.That is what God wants, but the most beautiful thing about this section is in how badly God wants it.
Read the next verse.The heavens belong to God. The stars twinkling in the night sky, the planets in orbit, the solar systems and galaxies yet to be discovered belong to God. Not only that, but also the earth is His with every inhabitant. The animals running wild on the savannah, the fish swimming lazily in the depths, and the birds that effortlessly soar through the sky are His. The breathtaking sunrise and the dazzling sunset, the gold veins that men have lusted after are all His. He could have chosen and pursued anything or any people, but read verse 15:
"Yet the Lord had his heart set on your fathers and loved them. He chose their descendants after them—he chose you out of all the peoples, as it is today." (Deuteronomy 10:15, CSB)
Out of everything, God chose to pursue a rebellious people to be His own. Not only did He choose them, but, "...the Lord set His heart in love." He determined in His heart that these people and their children would be His. He would chase after them even when they failed and stumbled. His decision had nothing to do with them or their worthiness. It has everything to do with His heart.
His love is set. It's unwavering. In the face of all that these people had done. God. Still. Loves. And guess what? You are part of the spiritual offspring that is part of His people. There is nothing you have done or can do to change the heart of God. He has set His heart in love, and it is unwavering.