“Since you are precious in My sight, since you are honored and I love you, I will give other people in your place and other nations in exchange for your life.” Isaiah 43:4 NASB
“Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” – Oscar Wilde
Wow! God calls us precious, honored and loved in his sight! The Creator of all things! The Father of Jesus! This is the foundation for healing, eliminating shame, taking risks, Loving others. Also the hardest thing to grasp, especially for Black Sheep, Scapegoats, Perfectionists, Addicts, Over-eaters and fill in the blank. Our past tells us that we’re flawed (we are), not worthy (true), ignorant, clumsy, ugly, emotional basket cases, failures and more. Yet God made us. He made us before the foundation of the world. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Is a janitor precious, honored and loved? A nurse? A parent? A baker? Truck driver? No matter what our calling/vocation, we are precious, honored and loved. By the Creator, Father, God. Let it sink deeply into our hearts.
There are many layers to the above scripture, but holding on to this fact, and it is a fact, that we are precious, honored and loved whether we feel that or not, is a fact. Self-improvement gurus, parents, friends, counselors, colleagues may see our worth, may love us but they have not done for us what God has. No one has given other people in my place. God did. His son.
When days are bad, remember you are precious, honored and loved. When sick, you are precious, honored and loved. When you can’t see your worth, remember you are precious, honored and loved. When overwhelmed, hold on to the fact you are precious, honored and loved. When lonely, you are precious, honored and loved. You were purchased with the most expensive price.
I am glad God made you.
Counseling, prayer, fellowship, friendship and community are wonderful, God-made gifts. But first and foremost, we are precious, honored and loved. All. The. Time. By our father.
How hard it is to grasp how much you value, love and guide us, especially when we stumble. Especially when we remember our wounds. Especially in the midst of failure. Especially when we can’t see value in our station in life. Help us to embody how precious, honored and loved we are and share this wonderful fact with those in our lives. We step out knowing how much you value us.