J

Jesus!

Jehovah

You are a Jewel.

Knowing you brings Joy!

You are Just.

You are the Judge.

You will establish Justice.

The Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice. (Isa. 30:18 NASB)

Lord, may others see the Joy I have from knowing you so that they might be drawn to you.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 15:13 NKJV)

The Hope Diamond, which is 45.52 karats worth $350 million, is now housed in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. It would be considered a jewel by anyone’s standards. Yet the Hope Diamond is not even the most valuable diamond in the world! It’s the fourth most valuable.

The most valuable one is the Koh-I-Noor, which means Mountain of Light from Persian. It’s a 105-carat diamond and its value cannot be estimated. It’s considered priceless because a dollar figure cannot be assigned to it.

But even a 105-carat diamond pales in comparison to the One who is truly priceless, our great God.

In Proverbs 8:10-11, Wisdom exhorts us this way: “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her” (NIV).

Contrast that with what we read about the fall of the great city of Babylon in Revelation 18:16 “Woe! Woe to you, great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls” (NIV)!

While riches and jewels can’t save Babylon from destruction, those who choose God’s wisdom have something much more precious than rubies and gold. They have the greatest of all jewels—Jesus.

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by Barbara Kois

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Barbara Kois is a freelance writer, editor, author coach, and corporate communication consultant. She was born in Mobile, Alabama, and her family moved to Clifton, New Jersey, and then to Illinois while she was growing up. She has three grown children. She has written or co-written eight books.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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