The word choice is an interesting word. The worlds definition means to make a decision and accept one item when there are two or more options. Usually if we are to choose between two or more things; we will choose the best of the options that are available. Why not? Why would you choose an inferior option when better ones exist and you have a choice? I am sure there are a few exceptions like if you know the next person choosing has a specific preference and you want to show love or kindness to them, but that’s the rare occasion.
In Romans chapter nine we can see how God makes a choice.
The Apostle Paul shows his heart for his fellow brothers. Paul recognized that Israel is God’s chosen people and God hasn’t given up on them, but for now God is showing His grace to the Gentiles. God is showing mercy to others to make Israel jealous (Rom 11:11).
Because of Abrahams simple belief in God; God chose him to be showered with blessings and to receive the ultimate blessing, Jesus Christ, who came through Abrahams lineage to be a blessing to the Gentiles.
In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice. Gen 22:18
In order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Gal 3:14
God’s choice is interesting. It is usually thought that certain men of God are morally upright within themselves and that is why God chose them, but this is not the case. Yes, Abraham had great faith in God (Heb 11:8) and was even known as a friend of God (Jam 2:23), but even so, Abraham was far from perfect. He showed fear by lying to Pharaoh (Gen 12:13) and then he lies again with King Abimelech (Gen 20:11). He showed a lack of faith by deciding to have a child through Sarah’s maid instead of waiting on God’s timeline (Gen 16:1-2). Maybe in the group of available men at that time; Abrahams was the best choice?
Let’s look at a better example of how God chooses in the case of Isaac’s twins that were born.
For though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, “THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.” Just as it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.” Romans 9:11-13
This was unheard of in this culture, because the older always got a double portion and never had to serve the younger. God chose Jacob before he could do anything good or bad. Jacob was selected to be God’s chosen people. This is just a divine selection or choice that God used to show His mercy. It is based upon God’s choice for His glory.
This may seem odd or even unfair, but who are we to tell God what to do.
On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? Romans 9:20
The more I study, I find that God is not willing to share His glory with anyone (Is 42:8). God set apart a people for himself (Israel), but most rejected him so he expanded His mercy to the Gentiles (those other than Jews). Though we are not an Israelite; God chose us and adopted us into his family through faith in Christ (Rom 8:15).
The Jews tried to live a holy life but could not succeed in attaining the righteous requirements of the Law. The Gentiles could have cared less for the things of God, but God pursued them and by faith they accepted God’s free gift of salvation (Rom 9:26-31). Why did the Jews not become righteous? Because they pursued it by works instead of faith (9:30-32).
The Jews stumbled over Christ trying to find righteousness. Righteousness can only be found in Christ (9:33).
My conclusion of this is that God does what He does for His glory. He is the one who chooses and has chosen you if you accept through faith (John 3:16-18). It is done this way, so no one can boast and say, “Hey, look what I have done.”
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9