A common explanation for God’s election of certain persons and not others is to say that God chose the elect based on foreseen faith. This position not only lacks biblical evidence, it also runs directly contrary to biblical teaching regarding God’s sovereignty and man’s depravity.
Man is so utterly depraved that he is wholly incapable of responding to the gospel call. I’ve written about and defended that elsewhere. Beyond that, however, the Bible goes out of its way to point out that God’s dispensation of grace depends not on man’s willing or working. Grace depends entirely on whether God chooses to harden a person or give that person mercy (Romans 9:11–16).
God’s sovereignty, then, is not a contingent sovereignty. There are no conditions placed on God’s dominion. His eternal decrees are not if-then-else statements. This is a great comfort to us because it means that our salvation is not contingent on anything in us. It is all of grace from beginning to end.
If anything of my salvation depended on me, I should never have received it at all. Praise God for His relentlessly gracious sovereignty.