God chooses even from the womb, before we are even born. We have not even lived a single second, so we are not chosen because of our merits, and certainly, not of our demerits. Even if we’ve made bad decisions, or not so smart decisions, or indecisions, if we heed God’s call, He will restore us. He has a purpose for us. He has called us to be light in the world, reflecting his Son.
I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6b ESV)
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they shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them, for he who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them. And I will make all my mountains a road, and my highways shall be raised up. (Isaiah 49:10, 11 ESV)
Forgiven AND not forgotten
But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. (Isaiah 49:14, 15 ESV)