They say that you can know when someone is talking about you because your ears are “burning”? I wonder what happens when God thinks about you? Could God be thinking about you right now?
In fact, have you stopped to think about what the thoughts are that God has about you?
In Psalm 139, you have a beautiful passage that talks about just that. It says,
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand! (Psalm 139:17–18a, NLT).
Let’s ask God, some questions about his thoughts about you, based on this psalm:
You: God, what is the quality of your thoughts about me?
God: They are precious, precious thoughts.
You: How many precious thoughts do you have about me every day?
God: I have so many precious thoughts about you that they are beyond numbering!
You: But Lord, surely you can count them? Do you think about me once per day?
God: No, I think precious thoughts about you so often that they cannot be counted.
You: OK, God. Let me try to pin you down. Here’s a huge number: 7,500,000,000,000,000,000. That’s approximately how many grains of sand there are in the whole world. Does that come close to the number of precious thoughts you have about me?
God: Not even close!
When you know the truth about how God thinks of you, it is the most freeing revelation on earth! You are accepted! You are cherished! You are loved! When you let these truths penetrate into your heart, you will be truly free, no matter what your circumstances in life may be.
As God thinks of you, think of him.
Too often our view of how God thinks about us is all wrong. That’s because our society’s ideas about God are wrong, and it’s also because Christians haven’t always represented who God is in the right way. Too often we think that God is like the worst of ourselves: someone who is harsh and judgmental, unforgiving and just looking for excuses to punish and torment us. But that isn’t who God is at all. This is what God says of himself,
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
When you think about our own impoverished and miserly thoughts about God, doesn’t this put us to shame?
There is a proper response to all of this. As God thinks of you, think of him. Think precious thoughts of him, as he thinks them of you.
To know the truth about God is the foundation of right living. To live out the truth of God is the foundation of joy.
Article supplied with thanks to Dr Eliezer Gonzalez. Dr Eli Gonzalez is the Senior Pastor of Good News Unlimited and the presenter of the Unlimited radio spots, and The Big Question.