Precious in God’s Sight…

     In a recent blog post (http://suereeve.com/am-i-really-oh-so-valuable/), I posed the question, “Am I really, oh, so valuable?” I had a feeling this question may resonate with readers, and I was correct. Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate every comment!

     One came from my friend, Jackie, who wrote,

     When I was a new Christian I asked, “Where does God say, ‘I love you?’”  I was so in need of a personal clear word. I found it in Isaiah 43:4! 

“You are precious [valuable] in my sight, honored, and I love you.”

     For over 40 years now these powerful words have brought healing, uplifting, and peace. It continues to be a process as the truth has molded my thinking and carried me through difficulties. 

God loves me!

     Jackie’s comment got me thinking about other words folks may use to describe feeling valued. Synonyms include:

     cherished,

           esteemed,

               loved,

                    precious,

                         prized,

                               respected,

                                    treasured.

     Like me, as well as many of you, Jackie often finds comfort, wisdom and direction through words found in scripture.

     You may already know what I’m about to say, but for those who don’t, I think this bit of insight may be helpful.

     Two different Greek words are used to describe what we often hear referred to as God’s Word, or Scripture. The first, logos, refers to the actual written word, and the second, rhema, refers to the personal speaking of God through the Word. There have been occasions when I’m reading my Bible, highlight a verse or passage and write, “Wow!” in the margin. Rhema is my spiritual “Wow Factor!”

     More than 40 years ago, Jackie read logos in the ancient book written by the prophet, Isaiah. When those words jumped off the pages of the Bible into her heart, logos became rhema.

     I imagine rhema is what the writer of Hebrews had in mind when he said, “Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NSRV)

I hope these words provide encouragement to you today…

Sue Reeve

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