daily devotional

We are surrounded by earthly reminders of heavenly powers at work. What we have just accepted as normal shouts the miraculous truths of our creator.

How many of us at this moment are wearing a diamond? Have you ever given thought to who created that diamond? That was his creation. He made that. And do you know how he made that diamond you wear today? A really long, hard process.

Most natural diamonds are between 1 and 3 billion years old, formed deep within the earth, 100 miles below surface. Minerals under extreme pressures and extreme heat became the jewels which we treasure today, eventually brought to the surface in volcanic eruptions. That was a long hard process of difficult change and none of it was by accident.

John 1:3 says “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. ”

This was God in action, and it began long, long, long ago. Now remember we’re dealing with a God who could have turned corn into diamonds. He could have had them grow out of your ears if he wished. But I believe our mighty God and his ways are revealed in creation. This is how he works. He is the God of change. He is the God of the impossible. He takes something from deep within and through a process he forms and changes it into something precious.

Isn’t that what God has been doing with you? You may not like the process, but you’re in the middle of it. The pressure and the heat in your life are serving a tremendous purpose, a purpose to change that which seems unwanted and unimportant and turn it into something of tremendous value.

Have you ever thought of your value and worth? You, individually, how much are you worth? Scripture says in Isaiah 43:4 that we are precious in his eyes, we are honored and God loves us. The same God who made every single diamond made you and said you are more precious.

The most expensive jewel to ever be sold at auction was a 60 carat flawless pink diamond which sold for $83.2 million. Then there’s the most precious diamond which is part of the British Crown Jewels with a value calculated to be 3.5 times the wealth of the whole world.

And YOU, you are more precious and valuable than even this diamond. Than all the diamonds in the world combined. You know what you’re worth? You’re worth the price of a son. And for those listening who have a child of your own, you know that’s a price you’re simply not willing to pay for anything. Your child. And yet that’s the price that was paid for you.

The diamonds know their value and worth. They know what they went through had a purpose. They know their God. Sure that may sound crazy, but listen to this scripture from Job 12: 7-10:

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

The diamonds know the power of the Lord. Don’t you? Don’t you know the same God who creates priceless treasures from deep within the earth under pressure and extreme heat, is the God who sees every detail of your life, everything you’ve ever gone through, every bad thing that has ever happened to you, every mistake you have ever made, every regret and burden you carry, and God says I’M GOING TO DO SOMETHING GOOD WITH THIS. Yes, every thing in your life is at this moment working together for good. And if it isn’t good yet, then sister God simply isn’t done yet.

What if the diamonds we treasure today were God’s way of reminding his girls that he’s working on you too? His power to change something undesirable into something beautiful is unmatched.

He is the God who turns a grain of sand into a pearl. He is the God who turns a caterpillar into a butterfly. He can turn your life around too. He is the God who turns your greatest hurts, pains, mistakes and failures into a beautiful life that sings his praise. You were created to be proof of his power at work. The same reason diamonds and pearls and butterflies exist … to prove that change is possible. To prove that pain has a purpose. To prove that God’s doing something beautiful in the process.

It is a beautiful painful process becoming who God created us to be. We live in the microwave society where we want it now. We want fast and we want easy and since the beginning of time God has proven he does things the RIGHT way, not the fast or easy way. The diamond you wear today started it’s journey a billion years ago. I won’t complain about a change that will take a few years in my life, how about you? As long as God is working, I’m okay with however long it’s going to take. As long as there’s a purpose in it all, I can handle the process.

Today you’re surrounded by reminders of God’s power at work through a process. Remember you’re one of them. And you are oh so precious.