You Are Precious

We are God's segullah-a Hebrew word used eight times in the Old Testament in regard to us. It is often translated as "treasured possession." A segullah is a jeweler's term and refers to an object of great beauty and of great value. It brings exquisite delight to the person who wears it. This is how God describes us!

There may be someone reading this who thinks, "Surely He does not call me His beloved. I should not even have been born." If so, God has a special word for you. After David committed adultery with Bathsheba and she became pregnant, he had her husband Uriah murdered to cover up his sin. He married Bathsheba, a son was born and despite David's fasting and prayers, the baby died.

Bathsheba and David had a second son-a son who would not have been born if his father had not committed adultery and murder. They named him Solomon, which meant peace. Perhaps David thought, now I can have peace because God has given me this son despite my sin. But even more remarkable is the special name God gave baby Solomon. God "sent word through Nathan the prophet that they should name him Jedidiah (which means "beloved of the LORD" (2 Samuel 12:25).

He is the only one with that name in the Bible. It's as though God wanted to send a special message to any one who may feel that they are only born because of a parent's sin. God says, "You are my Jedidiah; you are my delight; I love you."

Thank You, Father, for not allowing anything to cause You to withdraw Your love from us.

"Mercy triumphs over judgment" (James 2:13).