God told His people Israel that He would gather them from the Euphrates River to the brook of Egypt one by one. Those words “one by one” reveal the personal love and attention that God displays toward His people, not just as a nation, but as individuals.
One of the devil’s most effective lies is that God is disinterested in us. Quite the contrary! Psalm is actually everyone’s personal psalm because it reveals the depth of God’s care for me and His creation of me. He knows my every move. In fact, God is always thinking precious thoughts about me. This same God, who knows me so well, died on a cross made of wood He created, so that I could have fellowship with Him.
Jesus cares for you and me personally, but it’s so easy to get “lost in the crowd” so to speak, and forget that truth. Every one of our very hairs are numbered by Him. Who else would pay such attention to us that every time we brushed our hair or took a shower, they would subtract the hairs from the previous total? God cares for us! Believe it, because it’s true. It’s true even if you don’t believe it.
Just as God chose the nation Israel for a unique purpose in His redemptive plan yet cared for them one by one, you and I in this mystery body called “the Church” are saved one by one. The Lord throughout His word unlocks the precious truth about His love and care for us. Read, for example, Jeremiah :: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” Note all of the personal pronouns in the psalms. Think about the “whosoevers” in the Scriptures; for example: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” You and I can draw fresh encouragement from God’s word each and every day.
Just like the good Samaritan took care of the wounded, beaten and bruised traveler, Jesus Christ takes care of us. We, like Jesus, should reflect that same care for each other. In fact, that care that you and I receive from one another is nothing other than the operation of God in our hearts. To Him be the glory!
Personalize your Bible. Yes, there are the historical and theological truths that are vitally important, but never forget that God’s word is God’s message of hope, love, peace, forgiveness and comfort – for you! “Search from the book of the LORD, and read”!