In God’s eyes, are you more precious than diamonds? Could it be true?
Think for a moment about diamonds. They are one of the most precious items in creation, rare, beautiful and highly prized. But they are nothing compared to how God values us–yes, we who trip and fall and fail more often than we care to admit.
All right, if we’re going to compare ourselves to diamonds, how much is a diamond worth anyway? In 2013, a nearly 60-carat flawless diamond called the “Pink Star” was auctioned by Sotheby’s for a whopping 83.2 million dollars. Bling cha-ching! That made it the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction.
But the most precious diamond, we’re told, is the Koh-e-noor, now part of the British Crown Jewels collection. Experts say this gem cannot be valued — it’s calculated to be approximately three-and-a-half times the wealth of the whole world!
These diamonds are incredibly valuable to us. But to God, diamonds just aren’t that precious. Nor are other costly stones, or even gold. After all, in heaven He uses gold for paving streets, pearls for gates instead of wrought iron (Revelation 21:21) and gems to decorate the foundations of the heavenly city (Revelation 21:19).
But you? Now, that’s another matter. God has formed many diamonds. But He made only one you. You are unique–unlike anyone else who has ever lived or ever will live. He made you because He wants someone exactly like you. He has plans for you.
You may be feeling pretty worthless right now, beaten down. Life has thrown more at you than you can handle. You don’t feel worth as much as a rhinestone, let alone a diamond. Take heart. “You are precious in my eyes,” said God in Isaiah 43, “and I love you” (verse 4). God never said He loved a diamond but He does say He loves you.
Don’t wait another minute. Run. Yes, run to His arms right now. Let Him whisper those words to you, “I love you.”
What is it that is making you feel worthless or beaten down?