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Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In His presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared Him and loved to think about Him. “They will be my people,” says the Lord Almighty. “On the day when I act, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient and dutiful child.” Malachi 3:16-17
When my four daughters were little, my husband played a game with them where he’d hide chocolate candies, wrapped in gold foil to look like large gold coins, in their sand box or in other places around the house so they could hunt for buried treasure.
They loved the challenge of the hunt. But, most of all, like Captain Jack Sparrow and his dastardly crew in the recent Pirates of the Caribbean movies, they loved finding the special treasure. You’d think those candy coins were gold doubloons worth a million bucks instead of chocolate worth a few cents by the squeals of delight and laughter that accompanied their discovery.
That was the picture that came to mind when I read the Scripture above just the other day. I thought of God writing my name on a special scroll of remembrance, not so He wouldn’t forget me, but so I’d be part of an elite group for all eternity. I thought about Him laughing with delight over me … calling me His special treasure.
What a great thought that is … the God of the universe, the God of all creation, the God who is all powerful, all knowing, present everywhere and in all time … that God, before whom I’m about the size of a speck, taking absolute pleasure in me, in my love for Him, in my reverent fear of Him. Now, that can give you a natural high and lift you right up out of the doldrums.
It doesn’t matter how ordinary you see yourself, God sees you as His beautiful creation, a person of inestimable value, a treasure. When you hold Him in reverence, honor Him in your life and love to think about Him, He considers you His treasure. He calls you His beloved, Psalm 60:5. He calls Himself the lover of your soul. He listens to what you say. He responds to you.
In the Psalms, David writes that God’s thoughts toward you are more numerous than the sand (How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: When I awake, I am still with thee. Ps 139:17-18).
And treasure is worth protecting, fighting for, sacrificing for, dying for. And God has and does do all of those for you and me. When sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, and along with it, evil, sickness and death, God sent His son Jesus to pay the penalty for sin that you and I might be redeemed from its power and from Satan’s authority. Our lives might be touched, marred or ravaged by the consequences of sin and evil in this world, but God sees us as perfect. He looks on us as treasure. We are His inheritance, the Bible says, and He delights in us. He says Jesus is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and that we are joint heirs with Christ. That makes us royalty.
Now, your body may be dressed in cancer at the moment, but I want you to remember the story of the Prince and the Pauper. Even though the two boys exchanged clothes, the Prince was still royalty, still the child of the King, still the absolute apple of His father’s eye, still the royal treasure. The clothes he wore didn’t change that.
Go back to the Scripture at the top of this devotional. Picture yourself as God’s royal treasure. Let your thoughts dwell on God writing your name on a special scroll of remembrance, on delighting over you. II Corinthians 4:16-18 reminds us, “That’s why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying (that’s true of all of us from the moment we’re born – disease or no disease), our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”
Lyn Thompson is the Spiritual Outreach Coordinator for Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa. A graduate of Arizona State University, she has won numerous state, regional and national awards for her work from organizations such as the International Association of Business Communicators and the National Association of Press Women. Additionally, she has four years teaching experience at Christian schools and enjoys leading women's retreats for churches.
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