Thursday, November 3, 2016
At an evening outdoor event at church this past Monday night, I could only make out one solitary star in the sky. There may have been many others, and my wife said she saw two. I never did. Back at home much later that night, I went out to see if I could find more stars in the sky. Again, I only saw that bright solitary star. Earlier that evening, one of our church members noticed I was gazing at the heavens and she too said she could only see that one star. Then, she commented: “Isn’t it mind-boggling that God knows all of them and calls each one of them by name? The answer is yes! It is mind-boggling when we consider that there are many more stars in the heavens than there are people on earth. Her comment immediately reminded me of the bible verse she was referring to, Psalm 147:4, which reads: “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” Bible scholars have not come to a general conclusion regarding the author of the psalm but many think it was King David.
As I pondered the remark I heard earlier that night, these two things came to mind: names and stars. Names: how good are you at remembering them? Do you remember them when people tell you theirs? I personally consider it a challenge and an obligation on my part to try to learn people’s names, especially our church members. I feel that if I once knew all the streets in San Antonio as well as their general location, which during my post office days were more than a thousand, I should be able to learn and remember a smaller number than that. I believe that knowing and calling people by their name is important, and they sincerely appreciate it. Doesn’t it make you feel good when people call you by your name, especially those you thought didn’t know you? Does your heart not get filled with joy when you realize that the Lord knows you by name and that one day you’re going to hear Him call it out? I bet old Zacchaeus felt a thrill when Jesus called him by his name when he saw him up on the sycamore tree. In my mind, I picture him saying to himself: “Wow, He knows me!” (The story is in Luke 19) Make a genuine effort to try to learn and remember people’s names. It will mean a lot to them.
Stars: Just as I saw only that one bright star in the sky this past Monday night, you may be the only star certain people in your life will ever see shining for Christ. And if you think one star won’t make a difference, may I remind you that over two thousand years ago, some wise men from the East found Jesus just by following one star? They may have possessed brilliant minds and may have known a lot about astronomy, but these men practically knew nothing about God. Yet, the Lord used that one bright star in the sky to bring them to Christ. Make a sincere effort to learn and remember people’s names and to be a bright star for Jesus.
God’s promise for today: (Daniel 12:3) Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.