Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 47)
God's Prized Possession
He chose to give birth to us by giving us his True Word. And we, out of all creation, became His prized possession.
James 1:18 (NLT)
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
And knit me together in my mother's womb.
Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous--how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
As I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in Your Book.
Every moment was laid out
Before a single day had passed.
Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT)
Throughout the entirety of His Word, God illustrates His unique love for us. He created us in His Own Image. He produced planets for us to explore. He sent His Son to live and die for us. He dotes on us and call us His treasures. He provides for our needs and defends us. He teaches, corrects and helps us grow up. He never ceases to shower His love.
Now consider an interesting thought: a thought as to why Satan detests us. God gave us rank above His Own angels. 'Do you not know that we will judge angels?' (1 Corinthians 6:3, NASB). Even though they existed before us. Even though they are beautiful and strong.
We know Satan was cast down for his pride, and he took 1/3 of his kin with him. But why did they rebel? Were they proud, too? Or did a leading angel convince them they were getting inferior treatment? Why is this important? Maybe it's not, but knowing our enemy's mind is wise.*
But more, we can better appreciate the history, extent, depth, scope and cost of the Lord's everlasting love for us--and why we are called His prized possession. Do we deserve such a lofty name tag? Far less than our kids deserve all we give.
Still, the stalwart love of earthly parents is a faint copy of God's love for us.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion: Satan's Battle Plan: http://amtcdevotions.org/the-chain-of-command-part-3-satans-battle-plan
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.