“Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.” Psalm 139:16
The words of the Psalmist, David, are a resounding affirmation of your life and mine. God knew us before we were born. Jeremiah repeats David’s words in his first chapter as he documents the Lord’s words to him: “I chose you before I formed you in the womb…” This is not true of just David and Jeremiah, but of you and me also.
Every single life in the world today—human, animal, nature—matters to God. We hear a lot about “Black Lives Matter,” and they do, but so do every different skin color, race, and creed. We need to take God’s living word to heart and live in harmony with one another. The words of a song come to mind: “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” *see below (#431 United Methodist Hymnal; by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson) A beautiful sentiment and image of what God had in mind when He created this world, indeed, the Universe.
Doctors and nurses, all those in the medical profession, work tirelessly and diligently saving lives. Do they look at a person and decide if they deserve saving? NO! Every person that is brought to them receives exactly the same care. A veterinarian also cares for every animal that is brought to them without thinking if he/she is worth their time. Those who care for the things of nature, do likewise. These people truly understand that every life matters!
How have we lost our direction? Reading the Book of Job we may begin to understand. Job was well-to-do and owned much land, sheep, all kinds of material things; he had workers, herders, protectors; everything that one man would want. All this made him turn into himself—he was important! As a result, great trouble came upon him. He lost his land, animals; children; everything he held dear. He even lost his health. What was the reason God allowed all of this? In the end we find out that Job never lost faith in God, although some, including his wife, tried to persuade him to do so. And, because of his faith, God restored all that He had taken away and more. Job learned that everything he possessed was not of his own doing, but God’s. Perhaps, that is what the world needs to learn, also.
Every one of us matters! Will we pass the test as Job did? I surely hope and pray so, or those who do not will be lost forever. That person may be the one who is closest to you—how sad.
Yes, Black lives matter—EVERY LIFE MATTERS!
The one life that the world thought didn’t matter is the One that mattered most—Jesus Christ!
Father, thank You for helping us when we cannot help ourselves. Hear our cry. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN