Sometimes we’re too much about numbers: Age, the bathroom scale, Facebook likes, bank balances. Maybe we should think about God’s perspective for a moment:
- He’s not too concerned with how many “likes” your post got, but He may have used it to stimulate one person to think more seriously about your message.
- He’s not looking at how many people attend your church, but is very concerned that those who are there are committed to following Him.
- He’s not worried about the amount of money you have in your savings account, but is really focused on how you’re using what He has given you.
- He loves you and uses you whether you are 8 or 80.
- He’s not even breaking out in a sweat over your cholesterol or blood pressure, but He does want your heart to be His alone.
Late in his life King David was feeling pretty secure because of the size of his army. In fact, he took a census so he would know exactly how many soldiers he had available should he go to war. God wasn’t pleased, and Israel suffered consequences for David’s self-important actions. It wasn’t about the numbers early on when David had only only 600 soldiers and trusted God to fight his battles. Nor was it about the numbers when he had more than a million soldiers to fight for him.
When it comes to spirituality or success in God’s eyes, it’s rarely about the numbers. It’s always about Him – His love for us and His power use our efforts and to act on our behalf. Let’s make it more about God and let Him do the math! He is the only one who can decide what counts!
“We are invited to make a pilgrimage – into the heart and life of God.” – Dallas Willard
I think I’d extend this a bit. My bathroom scale tells me I’m not minding my health as God has told me. And God has certainly used numbers to get our attention: 1 in 7, 40, all 12. It’s not the numbers, it’s why I’m counting. Am I counting to see how much I have or how much I can give? Or maybe I should count to see who among us are the least or the persecuted or the unattended.
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Great points from a gifted mathematician! With God, there’s always more to the story, as He challenges our locked-in thinking and invites us to go beyond the comfortable. Your comments encourage thinking God’s thoughts after Him. Thank you!