Jam-packed Power In Numbers
“I am the Alpha, and the Omega--the beginning and the end, says the Lord God. I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come, the Almighty One.”
~ Revelation 1:8
“One, two, buckle my shoe; three, four, open the door; five, six, pick up sticks; seven, eight, lay them straight; nine, ten, a big, fat hen...”, goes the nursery rhyme that was first published in London in 1805. Some people speculate that the rhyme refers to describing lacemaking.
Numbers. When you were a child did you learn the above nursery rhyme to learn to count? Have you ever given much thought about how your life revolves around “numbers”?
A few examples are: speed limit signs; appointments; a time to rise up in the morning; job reports; height and weight; and bar codes. Those numbers for some people are considered very important. Oh yes, let us not forget about the number of your birthday. When you are young your birthday is a precious number. But as you begin to age birthdays become less of an important number.
Edward Everett Hale stressed the power of the number one (1) when he stated: “I am only one (1) but still I am one (1). I cannot do everything but I can do something and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do”.
Let's observe a few examples of jam-packed power in numbers in the Bible.
In Genesis, God created both light and darkness and together they made up one (1) day. In Samuel, David faced the giant Philistine named Goliath. David told Goliath: “that the LORD does not need weapons to rescue His people”, and that his battle belongs to the Lord. David took one (1) smooth stone out of his shepherd's bag and launched it from his “sling” and hit Goliath in the forehead and he fell face downward to the ground.
In Psalm 90, Moses stated: “So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom”. For each one (1) of God's people, it is essential to keep in mind that our time on earth is limited and our Lord's desire is that it should be used wisely. The late Rev. Peter Marshall, a fluent speaker, and for several years, the chaplain of the United States Senate stated: “The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation”.
In Mark, Jesus performed a miracle by taking five (5) loaves of bread, and two (2) fish to feed a crowd of over five thousand (5,000+). In Luke, Jesus told how valuable we are to God. He said that the “...very hairs on your head are all numbered”, and that you are “...more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows”. In John, when Jesus met a Samaritan woman at the well He told her: “I (1) am the Messiah (1)!”
As you buckle your shoes each morning knowing you will be dealing with a number of challenges, keep in the forefront of your mind that in Galatians, Paul referred to the number one (1) when he wrote: “...you are all Christians--you are one (1) in Christ Jesus”. Because you are valuable to God, you have available to you His wisdom and “jam-packed power” to face the giants in your life.
Lord God, thank You for allowing us to be filled with Your wisdom and jam-packed power. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington