Read thru the New Testament 2018
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids
Bible Reading: Matthew 10:24-42
Jesus is in the middle of telling His disciples to take His message into all the world. However, there is one matter that they need to be aware of. When they do this…there is the possibility that they will be disowned by their families and hunted down as criminals by the authorities. That’s pretty harsh. That’s not good news, at all. But, He says that if they did it to Him…there is a good chance it will be done to them, as well. With this in mind…He tells them to not let this be a deterrent. Keep going. The Father is aware of everything that is happening and will give them everything that they need to faithfully complete their mission. For instance:
- He knows the truth about what is happening to them (:26-27).
- He already knows how they will live, how they will die, and where they will go afterwards (:28).
- He knows every good deed they do in His name (:42).
There is nothing, no thing…that escapes His attention.
And then, He loves you so much…that He has already sent His Son to die in your place. He has already given the very best that He has…for you.
Those facts, His complete and total knowledge of everything that I will ever face…along with His absolute love for you…give you courage and confidence to be faithful and obedient to Him.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
There are 52 cards in a deck of cards. If someone shuffled the cards, got them completely out of order, handed the deck to you, and told you to memorize the order that the cards were in…how long would it take you? It would take me like a week. But, the man who won the World Memory Championship (2015) did it in just 21.5 seconds. 21.5 seconds! Wow, that’s fast. But not only that, when they gave him a list of numbers that were in complete random order (like 9,4,7,1,2,8,5)…he correctly memorized the order of 3,029 numbers in just one hour. Now that is some kind of memory. Another man, who won the World Memory Championship 8-out-of-10 times, correctly memorized the order of 54 decks of cards that had been shuffled. And then there is a man named Kim Peek who said that he had memorized every word of every book he had ever read. How many books had he read? Around 9,000. It only takes him about 12 seconds to read one page. But get this. He can read a different page with each eye…at the same time. Memory is amazing.
No on actually knows, but estimates are that we have between 70,000-600,000 thoughts per day. That’s a lot of thinking going on. Makes my head hurt. But however many it is…it just goes to show again how amazing our memory is. For instance, right now…your brain is having to process every different object that you see, every different sound that you hear, every different smell, every different touch, every different taste. And, it is doing that while adding 2+2, thinking about what you have to do tomorrow, what color you get when you mix blue and yellow, and who your favorite athlete is. Made you think, didn’t I? And we are just talking about your human brain.
Imagine what the brain of God must be like. While my brain may be powerful enough to keep a bicycle on the sidewalk and a jet pilot’s brain may be able to keep his plane in the air…God’s brain knows how to keep every heart in every person on the planet beating (over 7 billion), how to maintain the exact temperature of the sun (the core is 27 million degrees hot) so that it doesn’t burn us up or freeze us out, how to manage the gravitational pull of every star in the universe so that its planets do not go flying out into space…okay, you get the picture. God’s brain is awesome! God’s brain is unlimited.
- There is nothing He doesn’t know.
- There is nothing that He cannot figure out.
- There is nothing that He doesn’t understand.
- There is nothing that confuses Him.
- There is nothing that catches Him off-guard.
In fact, God even knows everything that will ever happen…before it even happens.
One day, Jesus was telling His disciples that they don’t need to be worried about their life…because God was aware of everything that was going on and that because He loved them He would take care of them. He helped them understand this by telling them about sparrows. In His day, you could buy a sparrow for a penny, one cent. They were not worth very much, at all. In fact, they were probably the cheapest animals you could buy. But then Jesus told them that even though sparrows are not worth much to people…they are worth a lot to God. He told them that they are worth so much to God that He watches everything that they do. For instance, He knows every single time that they fly from one branch to another. Have you ever watched a sparrow? They are constantly on the move…flitting from one branch to another, to another, to another. And how many millions, and billions, and trillions of sparrows are there? And God knows every time, every sparrow, moves. It’s a brain thing!
So, what does that mean for you? Jesus said that if God pays that much attention to sparrows…which really have very little value…how much more attention must He pay to you…who He loves incredibly! It is good that God keeps your heart beating and that the sun doesn’t fry you. But what else? Well, Jesus said that God knows you so well that He knows the very number of hairs on your head. Have you ever tried counting them? That was His way of telling you that God knows every single detail about your life. Everything. So, don’t worry, don’t get stressed out. God knows everything that is happening. And when you have faith in Him…He will not let anything overwhelm you. You can trust God.
Love you more than bunches and bunches,