Summary: God highly esteems our faith, it is precious and valuable to Him, so if it is precious and valuable to Him we should consider it precious and valuable as well.
We often look at things a certain way, or we may form opinions based on our own experiences. But we must know and realize God knows all things and looks at things differently than we do. He has all knowledge and the wisdom to properly use that knowledge. The things He considers important we may not, so we have to take His word for it, when He says something is a certain way, then it is. What He calls precious, is precious. The Word tells us that the blood of Jesus is precious.
Peter said in;
1 Peter 1:7. that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
That’s pretty exclusive company isn’t it? The Blood of Jesus and our faith both being called precious. We need to take notice and see that when God calls something precious, it is! We need to start considering those things precious as well. God highly esteems our faith, it is precious and valuable to Him, so if it is precious and valuable to Him we should consider it precious and valuable as well. Jesus tells us in; Luke.
Lk:6:45: "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
It says that there can be a good treasure in your heart or an evil treasure in your heart.
God is giving us direction in this area. What we put into our heart is what will come out of it.
If we put the Word of God in our heart, it is called a good treasure.
Proverbs 4:23. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
Then after we put the Word in our heart, we are expected to guard it, as we just quoted Proverbs, the issues of life spring forth out of our heart. That’s pretty important isn’t it. Life comes out of your heart,
then how does it get there?
Romans 10:17. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Every time we hear the Word of God, faith is created in our heart. We have a responsibility do something with that faith after it is born into our spirit, we have to guard it. It is precious to God and it should be very precious to us, we need to guard it. Guarding is another way of saying we are putting up a wall of protection against something. You might say well, if faith is produced when I hear the Word of God, why do I need to guard it, it is automatically there? Because if we are not guarding it, we will loose it. If we are not guarding our faith, cultivating our faith, protecting our faith, and developing our faith, so that it can grow, then we are not guarding, cultivating, protecting, and developing, the most important thing that any of us can have, Life, life is the most important thing. Without faith we will not receive that life, and without faith we will not guard and keep that life. The life of God imparted to us is the most important gift we can get. It is precious to God for us to maintain our faith, for without it, we won’t receive or keep any of it. God went to great lengths to redeem mankind from eternal destruction, so He thinks it’s important for us to receive His gift, and it is precious to God when we stand fast in our faith. Life is God’s gift to us, and we have to stand in it.
Galatians 5:1. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
1 Corinthians 16:13. Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
God would not tell us to guard our heart and stand fast in the faith if there wasn’t a trial coming to steal our faith, would He? Jesus said in,
John 10:10. "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
One of the most important things he has come to steal is the Word from our heart, it doesn’t have to be that way if we choose to put the Word first. Stealing is taking something that doesn’t belong to you, it is an illegal act. Then how can he steal the Word from our heart illegally? The answer is he does it by putting pressure on you to back down from the truth of God’s Word. You’re the one who gives it to him, he can’t take it if you won’t let him. Satan has devices that he uses to try and get us to step down off of our stance on the Word. Satan is cunning and crafty in a deceiving kind of way, but he is not all powerful, only God is. His only real tool is deception, whether by bringing fear against you or doubt, he will attempt to get you to back off, and if he can do that, he wins, you loose; but that doesn’t have to happen. Paul said we are not ignorant of his devices. So to be forewarned is to be forearmed so to speak. If we know he is coming and we know what His devices are, we can be prepared to meet him head on and not wait for him to sneak up behind us. Satan will try to rob us of the life that God has freely given to us. It is ours, it is a precious gift from God, and we must hold on to it with our most holy faith. Don’t give up in the day of adversity, that’s his plan, to get you so discouraged that you will just quit, don’t do it, life is too valuable. It is so valuable that God counts the trial of your faith as more precious than gold.