Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.
Isaiah 43:4 (NIV)
Precious and Honoured
Back in 1909, the Dominion Director of Geological Survey said, “Since the greatest part of Canada is unprospected, we do not know what latent mineral wealth awaits development; but we do know that there is in Canada one of the greatest tracts of unexplored mineral land in the world, and sufficient has already been developed to demonstrate that Canada is destined to become one of the great mining countries.” Over the next century, these words would prove to be prophetic.
God loves you and if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, He has a special plan for you that will be a blessing to all He places in your life. This is how the Lord has always worked. The Hebrew Scriptures record the story of God choosing the Israelites for His purpose – to reveal His nature to His world and through whom the Messiah would come to bless and transform the nations. Nowhere is this plan clearer than in God’s words to the people of Israel in Isaiah 43:4: “Since you are precious and honoured in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.” God calls the people of Israel precious and honoured. So are you. You who were not a part of the Hebrew nation are included in those nations mentioned here that would be included as His people because of what Jesus has done. God loves you and has a plan for your life. He will use you to bring His love to others and so transform their lives as He has transformed yours. Allow Him to use you for His glory too.
These have been words from the heart.