May 29 Day 151
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.” – Genesis 22:10
Twenty Nine Knives – Cyrus the King Brought Forth 29 Knives
I think it is interesting that the God of this universe would take the time to let us know how many knives Cyrus the king brought forth out of the house of the Lord. In the book of Ezra 1:9 it is recorded, “And this [is] the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives.”
I don’t know about you, but I looked into my utensil drawer several times today, this morning, this afternoon, and this evening. I even emptied my dishwasher, but there is no way that I can tell you the exact number of knives I have.
Our God is a counting God. In Psalm 147:4 it says that “God telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.”
He can count numbers that we cannot comprehend with our finite minds. David wrote in Psalm 40:5, “Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”
Other examples of those seemingly infinite numbers that only God keeps, are found in Hebrews 12:22 where God has also created “an innumerable company of angels,” and in Jeremiah 33:22, “The host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured.” What a contrast from twenty-nine knives to numbers beyond human comprehension.
What can we learn about a counting God? If He has taken the time to number the very hairs on our heads (Matt 10:30), we can be certain that He numbers our steps along the way, and guides them all. For we know, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and He delighteth in his way” (Psalm 37:23).
If God will count twenty-nine knives, He surely knows the days of your struggles on this earth. He tells us “There is a time for everything under the sun.” (Eccl 3:1). All things in the lives of His children are ordered into times and seasons of our walk with God, and only He knows how many days those seasons entail. If God can count far beyond our thoughts, then He can count all the different aspects of our lives that we can’t even see around us.
So let us rest in the fact that nothing passes unnoticed by our loving Father, for He does see our way clearly and numbers all of our steps. He counts beyond our comprehension to even understand. Be comforted that even when you don’t see God’s hand working on your behalf, in those times when you want to give up, remember that you are more precious to Him than 29 knives. He knows what you are going through in great detail. If you don’t understand why God is allowing you to suffer at this time know that He may be working out things that have Eternal value.
Words to Think About…
<>–WHAT DID MICHAELANGELO SEE?–<>
There is a story about Michelangelo pushing a huge rock down a street with the utmost of care. A curious neighbor sitting lazily on a perch of his house called to him and inquired why he labored so much over an old piece of stone. Michelangelo is reported to have answered, “Because there is an angel in that rock that wants to come out.” Does not God know what He is molding and shaping our lives into?
<>–THE NAME OF GOD–<>
God is named Elohim no fewer than 2,500 times in the Old Testament. Elohim means “The God who promises and has the might to keep His promises.”