Disclaimer: To be honest I am not sure if we are supposed to post about the book The Hole In Our Gospel today or not with so many taking “blog breaks” for Thanksgiving. But I thought “Oh why not.” So here is my latest entry into the book discussion of the aforementioned book.
I can remember doing a Bible study that came from the Billy Graham Association when I was young. One of the things that stuck with me is what they told me to do with John 3:16: substitute my name for “world” and “whosoever” as I read it. Not only do I still do that with people, I still do that with myself. Why? Because I don’t want to ever feel, nor do I want anyone else to feel like they are nothing more than a number or a statistic in God’s eyes. It is certainly easy to feel that way. You look around, see so many people, feel somewhat overwhelmed by it all, then get to feeling like you are nothing more than just a pea in a pod. “Who me? Matter to God?” Yes, as a matter of fact, you do matter to God! One of the most comforting things (besides God’s faithfulness, His forgiveness, His love…you get the point) is that God does not view the world or people as one giant clump of unredeemed humanity. He knows each one of us. The Bible says that He knows the number of hairs on our head (for some of us that doesn’t take a calculator). He knows when we rise and when we fall. Shoot… Psalm 139 even says He knew me/you while we were in our mother’s womb.
So when Richard, the author of THIOG, uses the illustration of the little boy throwing one starfish at a time back into the ocean, it resonates within us. That speaks to me, to you, about what we mean to God. The one major problem with seeing people as numbers is…well, have you tried to count everyone lately? Try getting an accurate count of your workplace, or your school, or your county, or your church, or your state, or how about your nation! No census can be perfect…sorry to say that. People fall through the cracks all the time. I KNOW they fall through at churches! If that is the case then that leaves us with left-out people. I am not ready to say that God leaves people out. I am not ready to say that God is not Omniscient. He knows all. He sees all. He is all-powerful. But it is that Omniscience I am pleased about. God is not surprised by anything or anyone. And that means that no one falls through His crack. For one: because there are no cracks. Second, His all-knowing-ness would take care of that.
No…you are not a number. You are a part of His intricate and all-wise plan. Now that is good news!!!! Any thoughts you care to share today? I know you may be running here and there but if you get a chance, drop me a line. I would love to hear from you.
This book discussion on The Hole In Our Gospel is being hosted by Jason and Sarah. You can read more from Jason here and from Sarah here. If you want to read more on today’s topic, please go to Sarah’s blog for the link widget to other authors.