Summary: God knows each one of us personally. Not just the Saints but the sinners too. God knows every human being on the planet personally. Today we are at 7.2 Billion people in the world. Yet our God knows them all Personally
Last week we looked into God’s word to discover He lives with in it. We identified God as FATHER, SON & HOLY SPIRIT.
One God but Three persons called a TRINITY. We learned that GOD is HOLY and that GOD is the BEGINNING and the END.
We discovered that the HOLY SPIRIT is alive in the OLD TESTAMENT and is alive in the NEW TESTAMENT and that the HOLY SPIRIT is now living in us.
GOD’s word revealed to us that JESUS the SON of GOD is the WORD of God spoken by GOD at the creation of the world.
We then saw how the WORD of GOD came to us in the person of the SON of God and dwelt amongst us.
We are not the beginning. We did not even arrive until GOD decided to give us life. We are not Holy. Our righteousness rests in Christ Jesus alone and not in ourselves. But we are alive by the power of God to become New creatures because the Word of God conquered sin and death so that we might live and that the Holy Spirit might take up residence in us.
And there is more Saints…
God knows each one of us personally. Not just the Saints but the sinners too. God knows every human being on the planet personally. Today we are at 7.2 Billion people in the world with 2 babies born every second. Yet our God knows them all. Personally.
Pastor Randy Frazee of Oaks Hills Church in San Antonio Texas put it like this…..
“I’m a runner and I use an app to record where I run, how long I run, my time, the temperature, how many steps I take and even the elevation that I’m running at. All this is being done by a computer program that costs $1.99 on my smart phone. What is truly amazing is that this app can track hundreds of thousands of runners like me at the same time. Now if a little computer program like this, made by people, can do all that for just $1.99 why do we have a hard time believing that God can track everyone on planet earth at the same time and that He can record even more information about each person than this computer program can?”
A few years ago there was a popular song that I liked titled “From a Distance” sung by Bette Midler. In the song the lyric echoes the words that “God is watching us God is watching us God is watching us from a distance.” The song is lovely and the sentiment is heartfelt as it suggests to us that if we just step away far enough to see things from God's viewpoint that we could see that Hope and Love can be found in the hearts of every man woman and child on planet earth.
While the song's sentiment is lovely its viewpoint is off a few million miles.
God is not off in the distance God is here and now and is alive in you and in me and God knows exactly what is going on in the heart of every man. The problem is that the heart of every man does not know God.
People often accuse God of being absent or distant from the troubles and heartache that play out every day on planet earth but that my friends is simply not the case. God is here in the here and now as He has put you and me here in the here and now to do His good will, His good and perfect will.
We have been commissioned.
What about the hungry, what about the homeless, what about the widows the orphans the prisoners and the broken? You and I, we are to do the work of God we are to reach out and be the hand of God until He comes to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to judge the living and the dead.
God gave man dominion over the earth. God equipped us with His power by His Holy Spirit and we have been changed by the Word of God so that we might do the will of God not from a distance but face to face.
In Genesis 16 we see God keeping His word to watch us. Not just some of us but all of us. In this passage is the story of Abram & Sarai. The elderly couple who eventually have a son named Isaac. But before Isaac came Ishmael. And Ishmael was the product of Abram and Hagar not Sarai but Hagar the servant girl.
You see. Abram and Sarai were impatient for God to work out His plan to give them a son. So they turned to Hagar to make things happen instead of waiting on God to make things happen. They thought just as Bette Midler’s song suggests that “God is watching us from a distance” when in fact God was very much present. But both Abram and Sarai thought God needed their help. The result was Ishmael who was not the son of promise but rather the son of promiscuity.