The Beauty and Blessing of Renewal

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31 ESV)

Everything that the Lord made, he deemed it “very good.” That includes you and me. It may not always feel that way because we have been corrupted by sin. But when you think about how God sees us, his desire is to cleanse dirty vessels from the inside out.

I believe any thing that we want to clean and restore must be something of significant value. People restore cars, antique furniture, and houses because they enjoy the outcome of their labors and the beauty of renewal. Enjoying the brand new look is quite glorious. In God’s eyes, we are his most prized possession. What a blessing it is that he values us as his children and wishes to redeem us from a fallen, pitiful state. He looks beyond the ugly scars that evil has marred us with and heals them through the work of Jesus.

King David understood the heart of God when he wrote these words: “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4).

The heavens and the stars seemed more majestic and magnificent to him. Yet, he knew that the “son of man” captures the attention of God because we were made in his image. We are all valued and loved by the Divine, but it often takes some time for us to fully realize and accept this truth. The sooner this happens the more blessed we will be. Perhaps our relationship with Jesus is rekindled with more affection and appreciation for his persistent and unwavering love.

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