Are you special in the sight of God?

When I think about bible characters, the ones who stick out the most in my mind are the characters who were truly favored by God.  The bible refers to David as the apple in God’s eye.  It says that David was a man after God’s heart.  But David committed adultery with Bathsheba, tried to cover up her pregnancy, and when that failed, he had her husband killed.  In other ways, David had some history of being disobedient to God.  But aside from his sins, David loved God so much that God referred to him as a man after His own heart.  And because of this, in spite of his sins, he was truly favored by God.  Do you ever hear the voice of God, that still small voice, whispering to you, telling you that are the apple in His eye?  Even though I am a sinner, the worst of all sinners, I hear that voice.  I hear God telling me that He favors me – I feel it in my being.  It’s wonderful, and it’s a wonderful feeling to know that the God of the universe loves me so much, He favors me.  I am sure I am not the only one that feels this way.  But how can God favor me and favor others just like He favors me?  It seems like that would make me feel less favored by God, less special – that I’d have to share this unique affection of God with others.  But I am reminded of an interview that I heard on American Family Radio some years ago.  The interview was with siblings who had recently lost their father.  Throughout his life, he somehow made each of his children feel special, like each of them was his most favored, as if each was an apple in his eye, as David was to God.  If a mortal man can do this, an all-powerful God, who is not limited by space and time, can certainly do this.  Each one of us can be the apple in God’s eye.  Do you feel special in God’s sight?

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