And they shall be mine saith the Lord of Hosts in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. (Mal. 3:17, KJV)
Picture this: You are some honest government official, pick anyone you like that can influence the world. You have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. You go to accept it, only one thing, you are all alone, you have no family, no friends who are proud of you and want to celebrate your success with. The victory seems pretty hollow.
If that one is a little hard to envision, here is another scenario: You are in elementary school and it is the last day of school. You worked hard all year, are in the top of your class and today you will receive a perfect attendance award. One problem, Mom and Dad both have to work and your best friend has already left for summer vacation. Your teacher tries to be happy for you, but she has nineteen other kids clamoring for her attention. Besides she’s not the same as Mom, Dad and your best friend.
Sounds kind of sad, doesn’t it? We’ve all had moments in our lives, that for whatever the reason, the people most important to us are not available to share our joy. No one is patting you on the back saying, “I’m proud that you are mine. I’m proud to know you and be a part of your life.” It can be a very sad and lonely feeling. Even in our everyday lives we crave the reassurance that someone loves us and wants to be a part of our lives.
Another part of this equation is the need to feel safe and protected. When we don’t feel this cocoon of safety we become afraid, we mistrust our feelings and the motives of all who surround us.
These are two not so very nice feelings that can overtake our lives. But, there is another way to feel loved and protected, and not rely on other fickle human beings for our fulfillment. Someone, beyond humans out there, is always there for you, always loves you, and always wants to protect you. We are His special possessions, His jewels, and He would no sooner see us hurt and unloved, than a father would abandon his son. Now you may be asking, who is this wonderful person and how can I meet Him, or you may already know Him, but aren’t sure how much He truly loves you. The beauty of this is that in spite of your unknowing or mistrust, He already knows and loves you. He is the one and only, all powerful, comforter, healer, glorious, wonderful counselor. He is God, and every month, every year, every season, when you’re faithful to Him, He loves and protects you as one of His own. He does not abandon you to the dark nights of evil; He is there when everyone else has left. He is God and you are His child, His servant meant to serve Him and Him alone with a cheerful loving heart. Pretty simple equation for me; love and serve and receive love and protection forever. If we do this we receive the greatest reward of all and the best possible being to share it with, God our beloved Father in heaven.