Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Now Let The Vault Of Heaven Resound"1 (Lyrics)
Exodus 3:4 – When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses, Moses!" (NIV)
In our area of Canada, we have been inundated with bugs this summer. Having received record levels of snow during the winter and torrential rains amidst the spring, there was standing water and flowing creeks, rivers, and ditches everywhere, and the mosquitoes and black flies have flourished in abundance.
This means that there is also a lot of whacking, swatting, and slapping going on both inside and outside of the house to rid ourselves of these pesky insects. Amidst it all, however, my young grandchild regularly asks me this question every time I smack or whack or swat one of these nuisances and it falls dead to the ground: "What was that bug's name, do you think?"
What was that bug's name? Do bugs have names? As ludicrous as this seems to me, to her it is a reality to consider that each bug has a name. Really, when I consider it, perhaps they do have names, even if there are millions and millions of them. For there are millions and millions of people in this world, too. There were in the past, there are in the present, and God willing, there will be in the future, too. God knows each and every one of us by name. As mind-boggling and impossible as this seems, it is true.
Throughout the Scriptures, God is always calling someone by their name, and all the days ordained for each one of us were written in His book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16)
Yes, God knows our names. What a wondrous and marvellous truth. We are not nobodies. We are known by the Lord God, King of the universe, for He cares for each and every one of us.
So, the next time you consider yourself to be unimportant, neglected, a nobody, hold up a great big, red stop sign in your mind's eye and remember: these thoughts are lies. So, put them aside, and in their place, remember that God knows your name. You are important to Him. You are loved beyond measure by Him. You count. No matter who you are or where you have been or what you have done, God knows your name, and in His eyes, you count. This is a divine truth that counts for more than anything that we can imagine.
Prayer: Father God, thank You that each and every one of us is known to You by name and that we count, no matter who we are or what we have done. We count so much that You sent Your one and only Son to earth to live as a man and to die a criminal's death on a cross, so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. Help those today who are struggling, feeling like they are nobodies, that they don't count, to come to the understanding of Your love and just how much they do count to You. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.