January 14 Day 14
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.” – Psalm 139:17, 18
God’s Thoughts Towards Us Are More Than The Sand of the Sea
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One of my favorite illustrations on God’s thoughts towards us for children is to get a small clear bag, fill it with about an inch of sand, toss it at them, and say, “Count that for me!”
They look at me with such varied looks on their young faces, like, “Are you kidding?” or “That’s impossible!” “No one could count that!” My response is always to ignore them for a minute or two, and then ask in a challenging voice, “Are you going to count that or not?”
Then, I like take the bag, hold it up for them, show them the different shapes, sizes, and colors of the sand, and ask, “How long do you think it would take for you to count the sand?” As they re-examine the bag of sand, I open my Bible to Psalm 139:17, 18; “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.”
The bag of sand suddenly takes on a new meaning as they examine the different shapes and colors in the bag of sand. I like to point out the literal translation of the ‘seven’ Hebrew words used in this verse to describe God’s thoughts towards us.
How “precious” (1- prized – valued – costly), also are thy “thoughts” (2- purposes – aim), unto me, O God? How “great” (3-increased or mightily), is the “sum” (4- literally the head, top, summit, upper most part), of them! If I should “count” (5-scribe – write – declare) them, they are more in “number” (6-multiply – increased), than the “sand” (7-formed – pain – travail – calve – literally how the sand was formed by its wear and tear) when I awake, I am still with Thee.
Stop for a moment an imagine God, the Eternal One, having thoughts towards you at this very moment. What an awesome thought to understand that our God thinks about each one of us more than all the sand in the sea each day. The next time you’re near an ocean, grab a handful of sand, hold it in palm of your hand, and notice all different shapes, sizes, colors, and “thoughts” for up close for yourself. Take a look how far the beach extends, and how many beaches of sand are on the Earth and think about these seven words used in Psalm 139.
It is amazing what a small bag of sand can do for a curious child or even a curious adult. What an awesome thing to contemplate that God thinks of you more than the sand of the seas and every hair on our head is numbered.
When you struggle in this life, always remember, God’s ways are not your ways. He is an Eternal being, with an Eternal perspective of what is best for you at this time in your life.
Words to Think About…
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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord, For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9
Sir Isaac Newton, after his many discoveries in science, said, “I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself, I seem only like a boy playing upon the seashore, and diverting myself by now and then finding a pebble, or a prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lies all undiscovered before me.”