Are you one of those “numbers” people? My Memom loved numbers. As we passed a car on the road, she would add up the numbers in the license plate. My sister is “one of those.” She does taxes. Me – well, numbers are probably not my greatest strength. Yet, last week when I got stopped by the train on my way to work – I caught myself counting the railroad cars! There were 79, in case you’re wondering. It got me to thinking about how numbers play such a part in our lives. In a boxing knock-out – you count down from ten! In baseball – three strikes and “you’re out!” If you can’t sleep – count sheep! Most folks avoid the number 13, (it’s supposedly unlucky, you know) but they’ll do anything to be number one!
Numbers are also important in God’s Word. In the Bible, on the average, one in every five verses contains a number. Number one represents the union of the Godhead. (Galatians 3:20) The number seven is God’s number of completion, perfection, and rest. (Genesis 1-2) The number 40 is the number of trials and tests – such as it rained forty days and night in Noah’s day, and Jesus was in the wilderness forty days and nights when the devil came to tempt Him. I find it interesting the different numbers that the Bible says that God knows, “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.” (Psalm 147:4) God knows the number of grains of sand (Psalm 139:18). He even knows the number of hairs on our heads! (Luke 12:7) Of course – for some – that’s a constantly changing number – but we won’t go there! LOL!
The Psalmist asked the Lord, “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the number of my days . . .” (Psalm 39:4). “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) Are you counting your days? What’s even better – is making our days count! We all have the same 24 hours in a day – seven days a week – 365 days a year. James said, ” Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14) David said, “there is but a step between me and death. (I Samuel 20:3) Our days here on earth are numbered, and can be counted. Are you making them count? God Bless, Courtney