More Than A Number

Jan 5, 2022 | Devotionals

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when Im far away… You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mothers womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”  Psalms 139:1-2, 13-14 NLT

Snowflakes. They are starting to fall. Billions of them. Every single one different. Placed under a microscope, every single one a masterpiece. Yet God creates every one. Now think about that in the idea of human life. 7.8 billion people in the world today. It’s hard to fathom or even comprehend just how vast that number is. Do you ever take a moment to think about it? Start counting. At a rate of one number per second, it would take approximately 31 years, 251 days, 7 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds of counting nonstop to just reach 1 billion. That’s crazy. Now imagine that being the number of people in the world. Can you picture them all as children at one moment? Lindsey and I have a hard time with 4… now imagine from God’s perspective.

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law Kayla met my twins for the first time. Her first question, how do you tell them apart? Being identical, honestly it’s challenging. “Well, Ellie has a more pointed ear and Evie has more of a birthmark over her left eye. That’s about it.” Then we laugh and tell her at times you can’t tell.

I feel horrible admitting to that, but it’s the truth. If the lighting in the room is dim, you seriously cannot tell. I remember always joking with my dad because he would mix up at times Travis and I. Or he would call us trosh. (And we don’t look at all alike).

It really made me think about God’s perspective on 7 billion people in the world. Do I matter. Does he hear my prayers. How can he tell my voice apart from others. It made me all the more grateful for the passages in Scripture that tell me he knows me by name, he has a plan for me, and that I am His child.

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”

John 1:12 NLT

Truth. I am a child of God. You are a child of God. Jesus died for you personally. Not just a number or a statistic. He knows you. Every detail about you. He created you as His masterpiece. how incredible is that. You are more.

Years back Kutless wrote a song that captures this thought called Sea of Faces.

And In Your eyes I can see

And in Your arms I will be

I am not just a man, vastly lost in this world

Lost in a Sea of Faces

Your bodys the bread, Your blood is the wine

Because you traded Your life for mine

You are more, and Jesus traded His life for you. So if today you feel that no one cares, no one notices, no one is listening, cling to the truth that you have a Heavenly Father who knows you and loves you.

Challenge

  • What are some things about you that make you unique like a snowflake? 
  • Take some time to pray through Psalm 139 and give thanks to God you are His child.
  • Tell someone who needs to hear it they are a precious child of God and special in His eyes.

By Josh Knipple | Southwest PA

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