When God Goes Shopping

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May 25, 2024

VALUE. That’s what the world is looking for. Not just the best price—but the best value. The most bang for the buck. But what makes something VALUABLE?

Of course, it totally depends on what you’re talking about. For example, with some items in the marketplace, there are essentially four factors that establish an item’s value: quality, rarity, market appeal, and condition. In other words, if it’s perfect, precious, prime, and pristine, not only will it COST more—it will be WORTH more. But what IS an item really WORTH? The answer is, as anyone in the marketplace knows: what someone is willing to pay for it.

Some say that, generally speaking, the most important factor affecting the value of an object is its condition. Chipped pottery, cracked glass, damaged artwork, torn clothing, and broken furniture generally bear a lower price tag because its VALUE has been diminished. Buyers tend to be looking for … PERFECT.

But GOD … when He goes shopping, what is HE looking for? What does HE value? We know what Satan is looking for—something to EAT. “Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may DEVOUR.” (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV) Satan is the ultimate consumer. Never satiated, always hungry. When he goes soul-shopping, he has just one mission: to search and destroy.

But God is also shopping. 2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us that “The eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth …” He is always LOOKING. We know that God sees beyond our outward appearance—He sees our heart. But WHAT is GOD LOOKING FOR?

What qualities are WORTH the price that GOD is willing to pay?

1.  Quality: INTEGRITY

  • God is continually looking for those who are upright and pure, who choose to live by strong Godly principles (VALUES)—living what HE taught. “The LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart …” (1 Samuel 13:14 KJV)
  • He searches for those who are searching for HIM—to BE holy like Him. “The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous [those with moral courage and spiritual INTEGRITY] and His ears are open to their cry.” (Psalm 34:15 AMP)

2.  Rarity: FAITHFULNESS 

  • Faithfulness is a rare commodity indeed. Proverbs 20:6 asks, “a faithful man who can find?” To God, however, it is ESSENTIAL. Paul said, “Moreover, it is REQUIRED [as essential and demanded] of stewards that one be found FAITHFUL and trustworthy.” (1 Corinthians 4:2 AMP)
  • What God ultimately desires is to say: “Well done, good and FAITHFUL servant; you have been FAITHFUL over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your LORD.” (Matthew 25:23 NKJV)

3. Appeal: OBEDIENCE

  • God doesn’t care about “market appeal.” He is not looking for who is famous, fashionable, or followed by the world’s standards. What appeals to God is OBEDIENCE. It’s as simple as that. “Behold, to OBEY (shema: to hear, heed, and obey) is better than sacrifice …” (1 Samuel 15:22 KJV)
  • “The LORD has TOLD you what is good. This is what the LORD requires from you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8 GWT) Jesus put it like this: “If you love me, you WILL keep my commandments.” (John 14:15 ESV)

4. Condition: BROKENNESS

  • God is not looking for the flawless—He is searching for what is chipped, cracked, damaged—He WANTS what is BROKEN. Here’s the paradox—the more we look at ourselves in the mirror of the Word, the more we may see ourselves as “damaged goods.” We see that as a bad thing, but THAT is exactly what God is looking for! Jesus’ desire is to find and “heal the broken in heart and bind up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3) In His eyes, we are not worthless, but worthy of His tender care.
  • The broken heart is precious to God. “I, the LORD, have spoken! I will bless those who have humble and contrite (crushed) hearts, who tremble at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2 NLT).
  • God chooses to hold the broken close to Him. “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” (Psalm 34:18 NKJV)
  • “The sacrifices of God (what pleases Him) are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17 ESV)

Value is set at what someone is willing to pay. God came down Himself, into our marketplace, robed in the flesh of Jesus, in order to pay the ultimate price for our souls—with His own blood. He KNOWS exactly what He’s looking for: integrity, faithfulness, obedience, and brokenness. TREASURE in an earthen vessel—in YOU and in ME.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I want You to find what You are looking for—what will bring you joy—in ME. When I feel worthless, let me find my value in YOUR eyes. In Jesus’ name, Amen.