Precious is an adjective meaning of high price or great value; very valuable or costly; highly esteemed for some spiritual, nonmaterial, or moral quality. Segullah, the Hebrew word translated as “treasured possession” refers to a royal treasure of gold and silver, but most of the time it is used in reference to God’s people. So beautiful. God determines our identity (“redeemed”) and declares our worth (“precious,” “treasured”).
First of all, you have to keep unmasking the world about you for what it is: manipulative, controlling, power-hungry, and, in the long run, destructive. The world tells you many lies about who you are, and you simply have to be realistic enough to remind yourself of this. Every time you feel hurt, offended, or rejected, you have to dare to say to yourself: ‘These feelings, strong as they may be, are not telling me the truth about myself. The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity, and held safe in an everlasting belief.
― Henri J.M. Nouwen[
In Hebrew, shalom is translated as completeness, soundness, welfare, peace, perfect, full, harmony, wholeness and the joining together of opposites. In part, this is why shalom is used as a greeting and farewell – the epitome of opposites brought together to make endless ends meet as only God can. Dare we take it to the deepest, most significant place where the shalom of Christ: light in darkness, life over death.
God gave everything because to God we are worth it. Dare we allow that to inform our worth? And to inform the undeniable worth of the people walking next to you – today and every day.
Here’s the link to Lesson 5 in which we discussed our identity and worth PRECIOUS/TREASURED says JEHOVAH SHALOM (Peace). I hope you are as encouraged as we have been, even this week lingering on God’s declaration upon us.