The Love of Counting

wordcloud1In The Joy of Counting, we looked at our counting habits—our urge to count everything from social media likes and friends, to calories and cash.

And how this constant numbering can be burdensome and leave us empty (remember the calories-hating thing?)

But there is good news. Our urge to count is not a defect—it’s an inherited trait from our Creator. We just get a little off track from the intended purpose.

Scripture has exciting examples of God counting and it gives us a beautiful picture of His heart.

In addition to our Creator numbering the stars, He also counts… 

Our Tears

You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? (Psalm 56:8)

Why would our Lord collect our tears? Why would He care about one tear from one of His millions of creations? Does He really know each of us that intimately?

Amazingly, yes. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways (Psalm 139:3).

Those moments when our hearts are breaking and our faces are wet with sorrow? Jesus knows. It matters to Him and He is ready with arms of comfort. In spite of how we feel, the truth is that we are never alone. Our Savior cares.

The Hairs on Our Head

The One Who created us knows each hair on our heads. Why such minute detail? I mean, this sounds like something crazy.

Crazy love.

Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows (Luke 12:6-7).

How treasured we are!

Our Days

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands (Acts 17:26).

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16).

Each of our appointed days has value. Every 24-hour period matters to the One Who made us. In fact, our Lord encourages us to join Him in counting our days.

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).

Numbering our days helps us to keep an undivided heart because we see each day worthy of living in fullness. We have the desire to honor God with every moment.

 And if numbering our tears, our hairs, and our days wasn’t enough to show the depth of His love, our Lord did the unthinkable.

He counted the cost, and still laid down His life as a ransom for our souls.

Incredible.

Oh, the many facets of His love!

Talk about something worth counting.

 

Have a blessed week as you take joy in counting the ways God loves!

Joyfully,

Leigh Ann 🙂

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