Wednesday, August 05, 2009

God’s Treasure Pouch – Lawrence

Sometimes, when I am doing my morning Bible reading I come upon a verse unexpectedly—a verse that surprises me with delight and startles me anew with the wonder of God’s graciousness to his creation. One such verse had this effect on me this week.

“Your life is safe in the care of the Lord your God, secure in his treasure pouch.” 1 Samuel 25: 29 (New Living Translation).

Just imagine—God loves each one of us so much that he keeps us secure in his treasure pouch. No matter what happens to us, whether good or bad, events full of joy or suffering, our lives are safe in God’s care—he keeps us secure in his treasure pouch.

Keeping us secure doesn’t mean that God imprisons us under lock and key. It is the kind of security that keeps us safe and allows us the freedom to develop our talents and gifts in such a way that we can make a totally new creation from the raw materials that God gives us without fear that he will reject us for our efforts.

God delights in us, treasures us, encourages us, and keeps us safe in his treasure pouch. Being kept safe close to God means that we can risk new adventures and explore new avenues of creativity with the talents he has given us. Multiplying our talents by investing them in innovative and fresh ideas brings delight to God’s heart.

We don’t need to be afraid of failure for, even if our ideas don’t quite reach the outcome for which we had hoped, God will be glad that we tried, and we will hear God’s words to us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25: 21 (N.L.T.)
Please join with me in praising God for keeping us safe in his treasure pouch.

© Judith Lawrence

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Eleanor Shepherd said...

Judith, I really like this idea. In addition, I get the impression that being in the pouch gives us the option of freedom to move out to where we need to be but return in freedom. I think of it like the pouch of the mother kangaroo, that is a place of safety and security for her young one, where he can retreat and find reassurance as he tries to find his place in the world.

Peter Black said...

A lovely devotional focus. Thank you. And Eleanor's comment further expands the applicaton.

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