“For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down” (Psa. 18:27). If I took a hundred-dollar bill and asked you if you would like it, how many of you would say “Yes.” I think it would be safe to assume the vast majority would be more than willing to relieve me of it. But what if I took that hundred-dollar bill and folded it before offering it to you; would you still want it? If I took it, folded it, and crumbled it, would you still be willing to take it from me? Would you take it if I threw it on the ground and stomped on it several times? I can see the outstretched hands in my mind, not caring in the least that I inflicted some damage to it. Because you all know that the actual value did not change despite my best efforts, you would not hesitate for a second to pocket the money.
In the same way that $100 held its value, so do you. The world will fold you. It will crumble you or stomp on you, and then it will want nothing more to do with you because of your “decreased value.” That is because the world is fickle and will not take responsibility for what it does. Let’s say you are in an abusive relationship. For years you endure torment as the perpetrator damages you physically and psychologically. Maybe you are in school or college and are being bullied without remorse. Or perhaps other adverse life events have affected you in ways most people will never understand, and you develop anxiety or depression. When that happens, the world will discard you like a worthless piece of trash, even though it may be the cause of the pain and damage in the first place. You were lifted up and considered beautiful at birth, but now you are labeled ugly, defective, and worthless.
Opportunities will vanish like the mist on a clear sunny morning, and “friends” will disappear even quicker. The once-loyal friends will now throw sideways glances at you as you pass, gossiping about your “lack of control” and making other horrible statements about being weak and pathetic. Your place of honor at the table of society will be taken from you, and you will be relegated to the furthest, dark, lonely corner of the room. But, it does not matter that life folds, crumbles, or stomps on you; your value never diminishes in the eyes of God. In fact, it could be argued that your experiences increase your value to Him. Your lowly, humble place on the totem pole of the world will be an elevated place of honor in the eyes of God. His love for you is not determined by your physical, mental, or emotional state.
Remember the story of the Rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16? The poor man who had nothing was so dismissed that he “longed to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table” (Luke 16:21), but he ended up in paradise. Your value to God is immeasurable. Your intrinsic worth is more than all the gold and diamonds on earth. Don’t let the devil devalue you by renting space in your head. He did not form you, and He did not give His Son so that you may have the hope of an eternity in heaven. It was not he, but God who created you in His image. “You formed my most inward parts: You knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (Psa. 19:13). It is the world that has discarded the beauty of His creation and put on the ugly, haughty, proud, egocentric, and violent nature of Satan. Since you represent Lazarus and they the rich man, their destination will not be paradise, but the torment of Hades where they will cry out, “…send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame” (Luke 16:24)