Thursday, September 24, 2009

Number the Sands

Last week we talked about snow and how it reminds us of God. Do you remember some of the things it tells us about God?
God is the Creator of all things—snowflakes and US—both are unique!!
God is pure, clean, holy—like fresh white snow.
God has the power to wash away our sin and forgive us thru the blood of Jesus if we trust Him to save us—Though our sins be as scarlet, we will be whiter than snow.

Today, I brought something else for us to look at. (jar of beach sand)

What does the sand tell us about God?

Just as God creates the snowflakes, He has created the sand
We cannot count the snowflakes, we cannot count the grains of sand—but God knows how many there are. He is omniscient (knows everything).

The Bible uses sand as an object lesson…

God told Abraham that his descendants would be as many as the sands of the seashore. (uncountable)

King David used sand as an object lesson when he tried to describe how much God cared for him (and for us, too). In Psalm 139:17-18, he said, "How precious are your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand…"

Isn't it wonderful to know that God loves us so much that He spends His time thinking about us? Does it make any difference where you and I are when God is thinking about us?
No—God is there with us whether we are making snowmen or whether we are playing in the sand. He is the same wonderful, caring God no matter where we are or what we are doing.

Today, I would like us to memorize a Bible verse that reminds us that God will never leave those who trust Him…no matter where they are. It is something that Moses told the people of Israel just before he died, and Joshua became their new leader. "For the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6b (repeated in Hebrews 13:5)

What was Moses telling them?

God does not send us out to serve Him alone. He always goes with us.
Even if we cannot see Him, He is there.
To "forsake" means to turn away from. When we sin, we turn away from God…He never turns away from us. When we admit that we have sinned, He is right there, waiting to forgive us.

This week, our missionaries will leave snowy Wisconsin and they will fly to sandy Senegal. Will God be there in Senegal with them? Of course! God doesn't change, and He is with us no matter where we go.

We can't go along with them, but we can pray for them.
Prayer reminder: small bags of sand with memory verse attached.

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