Friday, June 1, 2018
Do you know you are very dear to God?
In ancient times, a signet ring was a treasured possession. It was used to place the owner’s personal signature or seal on documents. It was worn on a finger (Jeremiah 22:24) or an arm (Song of Solomon 8:6) or suspended on a chain around the neck.
When Pharaoh promoted Joseph and put him in charge of all the country of Egypt, he confirmed it by removing his signet ring from his hand and placing it on Joseph’s finger (Genesis 41: 42). The king of Persia showed his great esteem for Haman by doing the same thing with his signet ring (Esther 3:10). We pray that our loving Heavenly Father will bring many Muslims to believe in Jesus Christ and live for him, and so discover how very precious and dear they are to the Lord—like a signet ring.
Blessed God, our Maker and Redeemer, I ask you to draw to the Kingdom of your Son multitudes of Muslims. May they find their place among your chosen people. We want to see countless Muslims serve Christ the Lord, worship the risen Savior, and bring others to the cross. Grant them the experience of the bride when she said to her groom, “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm” (Song of Solomon 8:6, NLT).
May they realize by your Spirit that they are precious in your sight, dear to your heart (Isaiah 43:4), and at the center of your plans (Jeremiah 29:11).
May they also understand their serious responsibility to be your ambassadors in this world and to witness to your mercy and grace.
You alone are the Almighty God, Sovereign, Potentate. To you be glory for ever and ever, amen.
On that day, I will take you and I will make you like a signet ring for me, for I have chosen you (Haggai 2:23, SAB).
My grandfather did not know how to read and write. He did not like the idea of wearing a ring. He had a seal in his big wallet to stamp documents in his name.