If I Should Count Them . . .

What is it about walking on a shoreline? Wind brushing through your hair and waves foaming on the sand, it’s almost thrilling! Not to mention a breath of fresh sea air. When I leave the ocean, I take some of it with me. No, really! Sand . . . it’s one of those things that sticks with you. It’s incredible to think of how much sand there is on just one shoreline, let alone all the sand that’s in the whole world! 


 “It’s incredible to think of how much sand is on one shoreline”

Think about David’s words, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee” (Psalm 139:17-18, KJV). WOW . . . “more in number than the sand”. Let that sink in. Alright, God’s thoughts for me would outnumber the sand. What kind of thoughts does He have for me? Psalm 92:5 says that God’s thoughts are deep (KJV). So, I know that the thoughts He has of me are deep. I take comfort in the knowledge that God loves me, and He is not thinking thoughts of ill-will towards me, but of love. I think Jeremiah 29:11 sums up what the Lord’s thoughts towards me are, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (KJV). 


“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11, KJV). 

God does not think evil thoughts towards His children. I can trust Him because He knows best, and His good thoughts towards me far outnumber the sand. That is invigorating! How does He think so many good thoughts towards each and every one of His children? Well, He’s God. If you’re His child, the thought should encourage you. If you have never accepted Christ as your personal Savior and surrendered your life to Him, then you have reason to worry. You may accept Christ, though, and be given eternal life. Don’t try to earn your way into heaven by being good enough, it won’t work. No one is or ever could be good enough. Jesus was the only man who ever lived a perfect life, on this earth, and He died to save you from your sins. Romans 10:9-10 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (KJV). Following Christ is definitely a sacrifice, but it’s a decision that I do not regret. I don’t even want to imagine what my life would be like without Christ. He is good, and He is faithful, and He loves me.


“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10, KJV).

 I am so thankful for the thoughts my God thinks towards me! “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee” (Psalm 139:17-18, KJV). 

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