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Numbers Are Awesome

Psalm 147:4

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgThe Orioles won again last night (Wednesday) – and so as I write this on Thursday morning for Friday morning – they are 60-46 – the 3rd best record in Major League Baseball. If they win tonight that will make them 61-46 – but that is getting ahead of myself.

I mentioned Sunday – in the sermon titled Let’s Talk About the Pastor – that I loved baseball because I love numbers. I was preparing to be a CPA in college when God called me into the ministry – so I love to crunch numbers and baseball is filled with them. For instance – in order to win 90 games this year the Orioles will need to go 30-26 in their remaining 56 games – very doable. Currently they are playing at a .566 clip and to win 90 they will only need to play at a .536 clip. If they stay at .566 they will end the season around 92-70. See what I mean about numbers? Baseball is filled with numbers. A player that fails 7 out of 10 times for a career can go to the Hall of Fame.

We all deal with numbers. For instance – if your annual income is $75,000 – a tithe or 1/10th of that is $7,500 or $144.23 a week as an offering or $625 a month. If you families annual income were $100,000 your tithe would be $10,000 or $192.31 a week or $833.33 a month. If the church budget was $700,000 annually and you wanted to increase your budget by 5% – you would increase the church budget by $35,000. If everyone increased their giving by 5% you could do this with no new offerings. For instance if you gave $100 a week you would increase your offering by only $5.00 a week. If you gave $75 a week you would increase your weekly giving by $3.75. If you gave $50 a week you would increase your giving by just $2.50. Numbers are pretty simple when you understand them.

Have you ever spent an evening outdoors – looking at the sky? If you live in an urban area – this might not work – but where I live – you can see the stars on a clear night. Can you count the stars? I would imagine the answer is no – but many have tried.

I can understand math and numbers when it comes to finances and even counting the number of fans that come to a ball game – but when it comes to the number of the stars – I bow to God’s knowledge and creativity. The passage today tells us that God determined the number of the stars and even named each. Have you ever called one of your children by another child’s name? Even if you had a dozen children – and one would understand mixing up their names – it would pale in comparison to what God has done. Psalm 147:4 – He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

What an awesome God we have! God not only created the stars and planets and other items in our universe – but God has named the stars as well – each one.

We can do pretty well with numbers when they are on a scale we can handle. We can even create computers that can handle numbers larger and faster than we can on our own. But God can put us – and our machines – to shame. One of my favorite scriptures says it this way – 1 Corinthians 1:25 – For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

We serve an awesome God who can handle creating and naming all of the stars – now that is pretty awesome. Numbers are awesome – but God is even more awesome – I said it that way because awesomer wasn’t a word!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way!


August 1, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , ,

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