Topic: You Are Precious To God [TREM Devotional 5 December 2018]
“Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” Isaiah 43:4
Don’t ever look down on yourself. One very potent tool in the hands of the devil is self-doubt. When people don’t believe in you, it is one thing, but when you do not believe in yourself, it is quite another and indeed the latter is worse than the former. If no one believes in you and you believe in yourself, God can turn things around in your favour, but when you do not believe in yourself, it is like calling God a liar. Wow! That is strong you may say, but that is the truth. When you don’t believe in yourself, when God believes in you, you cannot walk in the newness of life He has made available to you through His blood.
In our text today, God says you are precious in His sight. Stop and think about it; if God calls you precious, how then should you carry yourself? He did not say you are precious in the sight of man, but precious in His own sight. He saw you in your mess and still chose to pay the price for your redemption, because you are precious to Him. Yes, you may have missed it repeatedly, but that has not diminished your importance in the Kingdom, He still says you are precious. Even when you think you are down and out and like Naomi, when she was returning from the land of Moab told the people, call me not Naomi (which means pleasant) but call me Mara (which means bitterness), God still looked at her and from her daughter-in-law, God raised Obed the grandfather of David of the lineage of Jesus. Can you see that? What can be worse than that. She looked at herself and wrote herself off, but mercy reached out to her and God restored her.
If that happened to Naomi under the Old Covenant, how much more you, under the New Covenant! You are precious to God. He shed His blood just because of you. Don’t give up, don’t give in, don’t lose hope. Look up, it is a new dawn for you.
Further Reading: Isaiah 43:1-5; Ruth 1:19-22
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Daniel 1-2; Evening- 1 John 4
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.