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Numbers Are Awesome – God Is More So

Psalm 147:4

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

Life ChangeThe Orioles lost yesterday. They are 4-3 – having already won two away series. They only won three away series all of last year. They had a 4-1 lead – late into the game – but couldn’t hold down the Spankees in the late innings.

I’ve mentioned – 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 – if the Orioles only lose 100 games this year – they will have improved by 15 games over last year – an amazing turnaround. That would give them a 62-100 record. If they improved the following year by 15 games – they would be 77-85 – pushing .500. The third year of a 15 game improvement would give them a 92-70 record and in the thick of the playoff picture. I know – that is a tall order – but – you have to improve a little each year. If they don’t improve by 15 games a year – it might take them longer or they may need to improve by more than 15 games in some years. Baseball is filled with numbers. A player that fails 7 out of 10 times to get a hit 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 income is $7,500 or $144.23 a week as an offering or $625 a month. If your family’s 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 from new people. 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. Today’s passage 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 folks understood 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 for us to think about today as we go on our way!

April 5, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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