Seeds of the Kingdom 31st May 2023 Daily Devotional || By Ellel Ministries International. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
by John Sainsbury
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. – Psalm 147:4, NIV
Seeds of the Kingdom 31st May 2023 Devotional MESSAGE:
If we are wondering whether there is any evidence for God seeing us, then we need look no further than Psalm 147:4. We read there that God determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
When you stop to think about it, that really is totally mind-blowing. Nobody, except God, knows just how many stars there are. But scientists estimate that there are at least 200 sextillion, or 200 billion trillion, stars out there. That is way, way more than the number of human beings currently inhabiting this tiny (by cosmic standards) planet in this tiny, (by cosmic standards) galaxy in the truly ginormous space we call the universe.
Our lives are complicated and often painful and, especially when we are hurting, we may be tempted to think that God has no idea who we are. But that’s not what the Bible says. To quote another psalm: ‘all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be’ (Psalm 139:16).
In other words, He not only knows your name, but He knows everything there is to know about you. ‘And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered’ (Matthew 10:30).
So, if you are feeling small and insignificant today, please know that you are known and loved by God. The God who named the stars is watching over you too.
PRAYER: Dear Father God, thank You that Your word reassures me that I am known by You and loved by You, and that all my days are in Your hands. Thank You that, when I look to the stars, I am reminded of just how vast You are, and how totally beyond my comprehension. Thank You, Lord, that nothing is going to happen to me today that will take You by surprise. Thank You, Lord, that my life is held carefully and lovingly by the star-making God. Amen.
ABOUT TODAY’S AUTHOR: After a 16-year career in banking, John went to London Bible College where he completed a degree in theology and met his wife Sue. John then worked for 20 years in a number of church and other Christian contexts including establishing and leading a Missional Community in the Lake District before becoming the Lead Pastor at Garstang Free Methodist Church in 2012. Whilst on a sabbatical break in 2019, John and Sue attended a wonderful marriage retreat, Time Out, at Ellel Ministries Canada and subsequently heard a call to join the team. They joined the Flagship school in the Autumn of 2020 and now serve on the Leadership team at Ellel Grange. John has a real passion for the Word of God and longs to see people become life-long followers of Christ.
When not walking his dog Poppy, John loves a good film, a good book and seeing Chelsea win the Champions’ League!