So this is a story about how G O D wants to claim you even when you don’t claim Him.
I’ve heard #claimed used when individuals publicly show they are with someone. It’s not real if the other person doesn’t “claim” you aka show you off and call you their significant other. But The Good Chisme is in the business of redeeming words popular culture uses.
Claim comes from the the latin word clamare which means to call out. When I read its origin my heart was filled with joy. I remember growing up with the use of the word clamare. When I hear the word clamare I think of an assertion. A confident statement of belief. God claims you. He calls out to you. He is fully confident in you even through your imperfect nature.
Let me give you an example of God’s desire to claim people that don’t claim Him back.
So the whole first half of the Bible talks about the Israelites whom God kept trying to love and lift up, but they kept acting out on Him. For a time Israel was ruled by various judges, but then they desired to be ruled by a king – just like other nations around them were. Samuel, a judge of Israel, set up the kingship structure for Israel but in his farewell speech (1 Samuel 12) he shares his grief over installing an earthly king over the Israelites because they already had a king in place – the Lord God. Israel desired something they already had, but were too blind to see it because it did not look like what other nations had.
Samuel warns the Israelites stating that if they rebel against the Lord, his power will be against them. To assert his authority the Lord shows his power by bringing down thunder and rain. This was God flexin – he was throwing down the chancla from heaven.
In turn the Israelites plead with Samuel to pray for them, mourning that they have added to all their other sins by asking for a king. (1 Samuel 12: 19)
At this point Israel has been messing up for what feels like is forever. One thing after another after another. Do you ever feel like that? Like dang why am I even like this? Why can’t I learn my lesson? Why can’t I act right?
Adding to all my other sins by doing/not doing …?
Adding to all my other sins because I am not satisfied with God…
Samuel cuts the Israelites pity party short.
Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.
Samuel is saying so much in these few verses.
Do not let your past string of shortcomings cause you to spiral away from God. He still loves you. Do not go back to those mute unhelpful mañas (habits) or people just because it feels comfortable. They do nothing for you. They don’t do you any good and they cannot save you because in the end those habits are useless.
When you mess up with God, do you go back to hand picked habits of comfort because you believe that you do not deserve to go back to God?
Samuel reminds Israel and us that, “For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.” (v.22) It is not because of your worthiness, but because of His desire to uphold his reputation as the ultimate savior that the Lord does not reject you. The Lord is pleased, he finds satisfaction, in calling you his own.
Here’s a reminder:
God hasn’t rejected you because of your sin. We reject Him and choose to walk away. Rejection feels justified – we can quantify our shortcomings and equate how much love we are supposed to receive from it. The Lord’s love isn’t justified, you don’t deserve it, and yet…
The Lord is pleased to claim you as His own. The Lord calls out to you – will you claim Him like He claims you?