His Prized Possession

Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!

Readings for June 7, 2020; The Holy Trinity

Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; Acts 2:14a, 22-36; Matthew 28: 16-20

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

what is man that you are mindful of him,

the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 8: 1, 3-4

Despite what is happening in our lives, the world keeps going. The sun keeps rising and setting. The seasons keep changing. Spring is here. Summer is still coming. No matter how isolated we are, or how void our lives may feel, new life is springing up all around us. Gardens are coming alive with colour and trees are unfolding their canopy over us. Baby birds are singing their sweet cries for their mamas and little ducklings are playing their game of following the leader. The world is alive, and beautiful! …And we- you and me- had nothing to do with it.

Yes, your life may have been turned upside down, and you feel void and scared, but the world around you continues to display its beauty each and every moment of every day. God continues to be faithful to his creation. No matter what is happening in your life, just look around… God is continually there blessing you and all creation with his glory, beauty, care, and love. Stop to see it. Look beyond your circumstances and see His reality around you. These days of hardship and grief will come and go but God’s faithfulness, presence and grace is constant.

Think about it…Isn’t it amazing how beautiful it all is. Doesn’t it give you a sense of belonging and comfort in knowing that life is still happening; creation is still on course.  You can be confident that the sun will rise each morning and set each evening. Now, if God is faithful in all this, how much more can you be confident in his love and care for you! Although this world does not permit your life to be without pain and problems- in fact, Jesus even says that “in this world you will have trouble…” (John 16:33a) – we have assurance, like that of the sunrise, that you are in God’s care. You see, not even the birds of the air toil, nor the flowers of the field spin. And “are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26b) The answer to that question is a resounding “YES!” Yes, you are more precious and beautiful to God than anything you can imagine in all creation. You are his prized possession!

I know it’s mind boggling and hard to believe. It makes us ask him: “[God,] what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” And yet He does. You may not comprehend why he does, but without a doubt, we – you and me- are his prize processions. So even though you must endure trials in this sinful, fallen world, you can trust, beyond a doubt, Jesus’ words to you, “… take heart! I have overcome the world.”(John 16:33b) So do not worry, …for your heavenly Father knows what you need. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.(Matthew 6:31..33) Yes, God desires to care for you, and it pleases him. In Jesus, you are his prized possession, and don’t ever forget it!

Prayer: Lord, my Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, who am I that you are mindful of me; little insignificant me, that you care for me? You crowned me with your glory and honor through the sacrifice of Jesus. You made me manager over the works of your hands; you have put everything under my feet. Lord thank-you for loving me so much and continuing to care for me, even when I have no control over what is happening. Lord, my Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN! (paraphrased from Psalm 8)

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