To our Creator, each of us is a unique masterpiece. We are loved and known intimately. We are important and HaShem desires a relationship with us.
When we realize about the greatness of our Lord, we envision how little and miserable we are as human beings. The little ants we are in the universe are nevertheless of very great value to our Maker.
Gideon said to the Lord: "Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least in my father's house". (Judges 6: 15)
Prophet Yirmiyahu ( Jeremiah) spoke of himself as of an infant. Especially the ones who were supposed to be HaShem's voice had a belittleling vision of themselves.
I am convinced that HaShem chooses the complexed and the hurt persons to fulfill His plan.
Our eye is sometimes very critical towards our own person. This is often due to the fact that we have been hurt in our early childhood and adult life, sometimes by the individuals who were supposed to be our most intimate relatives or friends.
Even when we do have a strong relationship with Him, it is hard to imagine how much precious we are to our Lord.
Yesterday I stumbled upon the following piece of Scripture from Isaiah , Chapter 43...it also happens to be an exerpt of the Haftara from Sefer Bereshit ( Book of Genesis).
|א וְעַתָּה כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה, בֹּרַאֲךָ יַעֲקֹב, וְיֹצֶרְךָ, יִשְׂרָאֵל: אַל-תִּירָא כִּי גְאַלְתִּיךָ, קָרָאתִי בְשִׁמְךָ לִי-אָתָּה.|
ב כִּי-תַעֲבֹר בַּמַּיִם אִתְּךָ-אָנִי, וּבַנְּהָרוֹת לֹא יִשְׁטְפוּךָ: כִּי-תֵלֵךְ בְּמוֹ-אֵשׁ לֹא תִכָּוֶה, וְלֶהָבָה לֹא תִבְעַר-בָּךְ.
|A love that is unconditional|
Our existences DO matter to our Creator. If you doubted it, I invite you to read this specific portion of Scripture and to meditate on it.
During Shabbat, I reflected on Daniel's exile in Babylon. It was very hard for practicing Jewish children to be deported to Babylon. Even if Daniel and his fellow friends were well treated, they were also robbed from their Jewish I.D s and given pagan names.
Yet, they refused to conform to the customs of Babel regarding food and idolatry. Daniel and his friends' lives were put at risk on many occurences for being faithful to HaShem.
Even when the children were thrown into the fire, people could witness there was a fourth person walking with them. Daniel and his fellows met their Messiah in the furnace and the fire did not burn them.
The most difficult part for all of us, children of men, is to totally trust our Lord. When difficulties arise and in times of danger, we tend to forget that He is with us!
Remember the Torah verse from Deuteronomy, Chapter 46, verse 4:
" אָנֹכִי, אֵרֵד עִמְּךָ"
I myself will descend with you.
These are our Lord's words. No water, no fire will ever harm us, if we just accept to trust Him.
Our help comes from Him and to Him ALL the glory!
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