He shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor. (Job 34:19)
If you have ever been picked last to be on a team, you know what it is like to be on the short end of the “favorites “stick. My middle school years were difficult; I was just trying to fit in and figure out what it meant to be “in the middle” between elementary school and high school. Then there was the middle school P.E. experience. The top athletes would be chosen as captains and they would pick their teams for whatever sport we were playing at the time. What a dismal experience it is to see the line dwindle down as each name is called, and you are the last one standing there! And then I would hear those soul-crushing words, always uttered in a disgruntled tone: “I guess we’ll have to take Boland.”
Well, I have good news for you today: God does not play favorites! The ground is level at the foot of the cross. God does not prefer the prince over the pauper. He loves equally. In God’s economy, there is no such thing as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Why? Because God is on both side of them! God loves you so much that He sent His Son to die in your place so that He could have relationship with you.
Now, God does not need any of us. But He wants us! How wonderful is that truth?! We are not needed, but we are wanted. Regardless of where this message finds you today, you can be sure that God is quite fond of you! You are the apple of His eye and the object of His Almighty affection. He loves you unconditionally, and He has loved you from eternity past (2 Timothy 1:9). There never was a time when God did not love you . . . AND there will never be a time when He stops loving you. He will not love you less when you mess things up, and He will not love you more when you get it right. He simply loves you.
He wanted me to remind you of that truth today.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!