Today’s Word: ‘Diamond’ as in… beautiful, sparkly, strong, rare, valuable, treasured, bright, tested by fire!
Close your eyes and imagine a diamond. You can even find a picture of one in a magazine, online, or even see a real one that belongs to someone you know. If you described a diamond, you might use words like beautiful, sparkly, strong, rare, valuable, treasured, bright, tested by fire! Diamonds come from the earth and are made from carbon—the hardest material on the planet! It’s only after they are ‘tested by fire’ that they become so strong and beautiful.
Take a look at Romans 5:3-5.
“And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
Have you ever felt tested by fire? Have you ever felt really weak? Have you ever felt like rejoicing in your sufferings and hard times? That’s hard to do. But God says to us, ‘Trust me … I’ll never leave you; I’ll always be with you helping you grow stronger, brighter!”
We are God’s diamonds. God polishes us with love, grace, and mercy. When we have difficult times we continue to grow. God looks at us and sees diamonds and says:
“You are beautiful!” You are rare! You are sparkly! You are valuable! You are treasured! You are loved!”
How will you shine for today?