Thoughts on Deuteronomy #6 — A Treasured Possession

28th February, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“The LORD God has chosen you … to be his people, his treasured possession.”  (Deuteronomy 7:6)

Last night I heard the news that a young man I knew went into his backyard and shot myself dead.  This man had a wife and two young children, and I can’t even comprehend what his wife must be thinking today. This man was a secondary teacher at one of the local Christian schools. What must his students be thinking? Two teenage boys I know are distraught.

What is it that brings a person to the place of purposely ending his life. A counselor colleague of mine once told me, “Suicide is the most selfish act that anyone can do.” When I think of all the desvastation left behind what this man did, I must agree.

I didn’t know this man well. I’m told he had an ongoing struggle with depression, and having been depressed, I know the strong emotions and the hopelessness depression can bring. What was missing that this man couldn’t pull forth the resources that our Heavenly Father has given to all of us in order to cope with pain in a broken world?

As I was reading Deuteronomy 7 last night, the words of verse 6 reminded me anew of a truth I too easily forget. The LORD God has chosen me as His child, and He considers me a very precious treasure. How do I make these words come alive from the pages of scripture? If I am a treasured possession, not because I have something good that others do not have, then I must not destroy or abuse myself. More than that, those words must shape my view of myself so that I see myself as my Heavenly Father sees me. The viewpoint will give me a new perspective onwho I am, but also on how I go forth in confidence to live for him today.

What difference if any would it have made to this man who took his life if he had seen himself as God’s treasure?  What difference will it make for me today? That’s what I need to focus on. I am God’s treasure — I am to live like His treasure today.

Posted on: February 28, 2013

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