Details By God
I am not usually a detail person. When I am planning something there are often details I don*t know about or forget. My wife is more of a detail person. I sometimes think she is too fussy. I*ve come to the place where I like it when she is being fussy for me, but I don*t like it when she is fussy against me. Sometimes small details that I overlook cause big problems later. We humans don*t know everything. We can*t predict the future.
James 4:14: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Since we can*t predict the future, we don*t know what details we need in our lives so that our future will be good and right. But God knows!!
Jeremiah 29:11: 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.
God is always fussy for me. He is never fussy against me. God is the greatest detail person. (Read Job 38 and 39). He is omniscient. That means He knows everything. He knows what we need and He knows even the future.
Isaiah 46:10: Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
He is all-powerful. That means He can do anything. He is all-wise. That means He does the right things with His knowledge and power. He could not have created this world and universe we live in without perfect knowledge, power and wisdom. The universe is designed perfectly for us to live in. And our bodies are designed perfectly to live here on this earth. Our bodies need oxygen. There is plenty of oxygen in the air we breathe. Our lungs take oxygen out of the air and put it into our blood. If we didn*t have oxygen in our blood we would die in a few minutes. Oxygen-depravation is what happens when one drowns. God has designed fish so they can get oxygen out of the water for their bodies. He has very wisely put us in the perfect environment for us. Other planets don*t have air and therefore we could not live on them without taking oxygen with us.
Acts 17:28: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
If the earth were a few miles farther from the sun, we would freeze to death. If the earth were a few miles closer to the sun we would be toast. There are hundreds of details that God has designed into our bodies that make it possible for us to live here on this earth. There are thousands of details that God has put into the universe to make it hospitable to us.
Psalm 8:4: What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Psalm 103:14: For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
We may have the thought like the Psalmist that the little things in our lives don*t matter to God. We may have the idea that we don*t matter to God. But, oh, how wrong that thought is!! What God has done for man is amazing. When we get an inkling of how big God is and how small we are, we look in our eyes like just a very small detail. He has gone to a lot of trouble for us. All that God has done for us reveals how important we are to Him. There are many passages in the Bible that reveal to us God*s concern with detail, His attention to detail, His perfect knowledge of details and His ultimate control over them. A friend of mine once asked me if I thought God cared which foot we put on the floor when we got up in the morning. He knows about every detail of our lives, even things that we are not concerned about.
Job 31:4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
Have you ever tried to count your steps? Before long you lose count. I have a pedometer and even it probably doesn*t count all my steps. Every step you and I have ever taken and ever will take has been counted by the Lord.
Joshua 1:3: Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
The Lord says here he knows everywhere Joshua would put his feet. He knows everywhere you and I put our feet also.
Psalm 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
A good man is simply someone who belongs to God and is doing God*s will. Whether that man knows it or not, God is controlling his steps.
Psalm 139:2: Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
He knows when we are going to get up or stand up. He knows when we are going to sit down or lie down. He knows what we are thinking and still He loves us. Wow!!
Job 13:27: Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.
They put my footprint on my birth certificate. I suppose they did that with yours. God gave each of us a different footprint. He also gave us all different fingerprints. They used to catch criminals by using fingerprints. The latest thing is DNA. They sometimes catch criminals by finding their DNA at a crime scene. God gave us all different DNA.
Job 14:16: For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?
If I couldn*t get my sins forgiven I would be frightened by that passage.
Psalm 56:8: Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
Job 19:8: He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.
Job 33:11: He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
Job 34:21: For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.
Luke 12:6: Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
God knows every one of the billions of sparrows in the world.
Luke 12:7: But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
If He keeps track of the sparrows, how much more important are we to him than a sparrow. Jesus didn*t die for the sparrows. He died for us. That demonstrates our importance to Him as nothing else could.
Matthew 10:29: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
He knows when they will die.
Luke 21:17-18: And ye shall be hated of all men for my name*s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
When a man is serving the Lord, Satan and his minions can*t do him the tiniest little bit of harm.
Jeremiah 32:19: Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
Every thing we do will be rewarded or punished. Thank God my punishment fell on Jesus when He died on the cross.
Psalms 33:13: The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
All the sons of men. No exceptions.
Psalm 34:15: The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
Not only does He see everything His children do, He hears every prayer, every cry.
James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Psalm 84:11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
God is in charge of every detail that comes into our lives. He puts them there to draw us to Himself. He puts them there to make us like Christ, to complete us, to perfect us!
James 1:4: But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Ephesians 4:11-12: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Colossians 2:10: And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Sometimes in my flesh when I don*t get what I think God should give me, I tend to think maybe God is against me. What I think can be wrong and often is wrong. It is important that I believe what God says in His Word, the Bible, rather than what I think, particularly when what I think does not agree with what the Bible says.
Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.