No Regrets

28 From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; 29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11).

This word “irrevocable” literally means “not repented of” in the sense of having no regret.  It was “God’s choice” to pluck Abraham out of the idolatrous religion he, along with everyone else, was involved in, and from him to build an entire race of people for Himself.  Thus, it is “for the sake of the fathers” (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, for these three appear together in the Bible no less than 15 times) that the Jewish people are considered nothing less than “beloved” of God.

God could no more cast off all of Israel, than He can cast off any one of us.  He simply will not repent of choosing His beloved people.  Indeed (as we have already seen), both Jews and Gentiles are both part of the same root of His grace—and that tree will never die.

Lord, we thank You for never repenting of the choice You made to save us, that You have no regrets.  I know I have never regretted knowing You, and I know that feeling is the same for all who know you.  We are so blessed!  Help us to live This Day with no regrets in terms of the choices we make.  Amen.