January 24, 2017
More Precious Than Diamonds
Our youngest granddaughter, Devyn, is becoming quite the little singer. She sings frequently in the car. On occasion we have heard her singing to her stuffed animals when she wakes up in the mornings. Her favorite song is “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” followed closely by the ABC song. She is especially enthusiastic about the line that goes “up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky.”
Did you know there really is a diamond in the sky? According to BBC News, scientists have discovered a diamond star of 10 billion trillion trillion carats. It is the compressed heart of an old burned out star that has faded and shrunk. Astronomers have named the star “Lucy” after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. If you’d like to go and retrieve a little chunk of this star it’s only some 50 light years away in the constellation Centaurus .
In our world diamonds are a precious commodity. They are prized for their rarity, their beauty and their durability. As the commercial says “Diamonds are Forever.” But God isn’t all that impressed with diamonds. He’s got a galaxy full of them. In 7 billion years our sun is expected to burnout, collapse and form a diamond.
So what does God value? It is almost beyond comprehension, but the answer is us. In Psalm 8:4-5 David marvels at the value God ascribes to human beings. “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.”
In fact God places such high value upon us that He was willing to pay the ultimate price for our redemption. The purchase price was the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. I Peter 1: 18-19)
You are God’s diamond in the rough. With a little chipping away of some sharp edges and some polishing, who knows what He can make of us. You are of infinite worth to the Creator of the universe.
Have a great week!
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