“Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one.” Numbers 1:2
The book of numbers is a book that list a lot of genealogies. It contains some very long lists of the names of many different families. It begins with God telling Moses to take a census of all the men in the entire community, naming each one directly. At this time there is around a million people. This would take some time to do.
Many people who read the book of Numbers like to skip over the genealogies. The lists are long in reading who is the son of who over and over, or they list who is the father of who over and over. One may wonder why God put these long, boring lists in the Bible to be read.
In doing these lists God is showing His direct personal concern over the people. He knows each person by name. Each of those men had a part in God’s plan for the nation of Israel. Most of those men probably saw themselves as just a person with no real importance. They worked hard to provide for their families and do what they were told to do. Yet, God saw fit to place their names in His Word for all eternity.
Men, and women, today are no different. You probably see yourself as just a man or woman who is striving to provide for your family or future family. You don’t see yourself as very important. You don’t have some big ministry in the church. Your name is not in the limelight.
Yet, God knows your name. He has you counted in His book of life for all eternity. You have great importance to Him. Remember that God sent Jesus to die for you. He has a purpose for you. It may be something little or something great, but it is His work and it is important.
Make sure God knows your name by following Jesus. Accept what Jesus has done for you, so that your name will be in God’s Book of Life. Do not see yourself as just a nobody. You are a child of God in a great kingdom that will never end.
I pray today that God will reveal His plans for you; that you will know that you are God’s child; that your name will be in God’s book; and that you will know you have great value to God.