God Thinks About Us
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You” (Psalms 139:17–18, NKJV).
When I travel alone, like to a gospel meeting, there is one person that is always on my mind. I’m always thinking about Jody. I wonder how she’s doing. I wonder if she’s taking care of herself. Similarly, when we’re away from our kids and grandkids they’re always on our minds, especially when they travel. When they face challenges, I sleep fitfully, constantly thinking about them.
When someone says to you, “I have been thinking about you,” we realize how much that person cares about us. When God says it, we’re amazed we are that important to Him. David tells us that God doesn’t just think of us in passing from time to time--His thoughts of us are immense, numerous as grains of sand on the seashore! He is always thinking about us.
We might respond, “Yeah, right!” David describes the awesomeness of God and His complete knowledge of everything all the time. God knows every thought we have, which means He sees us at our best and at our worst. Yet David says that God’s thoughts are precious to Him. When we trust God with great faith and courage, God rejoices over us. When we’re selfish, God’s grace and forgiveness can overcome. We’re on God’s mind.
Now, if God thinks of us that much, how much time do we spend thinking about Him? How much time do we spend really getting to know Him? How much time do we give to His thoughts and ways? He has revealed His thoughts and ways to us so that they will also be our thoughts and ways. But for that to happen we will need to spend time with Him. Do we love Him as much as He loved us? I am not sure that this is even humanly possible, but we sure ought to have that as our aim.
The fact that God constantly knows us and thinks about us should encourage us, not terrify us. When He is constantly on our mind, that tells Him how much we love, praise, and adore Him.
We think about the people we love. We relish the opportunity to be with them. We’ll sacrifice anything just to see them and touch them. Of all that we should relish the most, it should be our God.
“Too often we attempt to work for God to the limit of our competency, rather than to the limit of God’s omnipotence” (Hudson Taylor).