We know the cost of everything, but the value of nothing. Money may talk in today’s culture, but when it comes to the things that really matter, it can’t give us any answers. Just try to put a price tag on human suffering. Everywhere you look, people are hurting. Aside from the strain of life’s heartbreaks and disappointments, there are millions who have no hope about where they will spend eternity. Natural catastrophes like hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes have devastated many homes and communities. I’ll guarantee you God doesn’t look at the suffering and losses in terms of dollars and cents; He sees the hearts and souls of these hurting people.

How do we learn to appreciate true value over cost? God uses losses and suffering to do this. Sometimes it’s not until we lose something important to us like a house, our health, or a job do we see the value of the things and people God has blessed us with. The suffering makes us realize that the greatest things in life aren’t things. I believe God uses our trials to make us sympathetic toward the world which struggles without Christ. Only as we suffer like Christ are we able to appreciate the value of suffering with Him.

Do you take life for granted? I pray that it won’t take a great catastrophe to make you appreciate all that God’s done in your life. Learn to thank Him for the little things: a beautiful sunrise, warm weather, the use of your senses, and even the times when He helps you find your lost keys. With a grateful heart, you’ll start to see life for its value rather than its cost. You’ll be able to see with the eyes of Jesus.

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. — Henri Bergson

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder