GOD’S PRECIOUS THOUGHTS TOWARD HIS OWN
“How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” [Psalm 139:17]
First of all, let me say that the very fact that God thinks of us is, in itself, precious. Perhaps someone here says, “It is not so in my case! I am quite alarmed at the thought that God thinks about me. It is no comfort to me to say, ‘Thou, God, seest me.’ Such a thought as that only fills me with terror.” I can quite understand, dear friend, how you feel. Of course, if you only think of God as if He were an officer of justice with a warrant for your apprehension, it would be a dreadful thing for you to realize that He is thinking of you. But suppose you were His child—would it not then be a continual joy to you to reflect that your heavenly Father was constantly thinking of you? If you were completely reconciled to Him by the death of His Son. If no consciousness of guilt remained upon your conscience. If you knew that all God’s thoughts concerning you were thoughts of love—then you would bless His name that He was so gracious and kind as to think of you!
Further, those who are serving the Lord delight to remember that He is thinking of them. After we have been reconciled to God, it becomes our great privilege to spend such strength as we have in promoting His glory. Well, no one is ashamed of being sent on a good errand! The eyes of God, instead of being dreadful to the man whose heart is right with Him, is one of His greatest encouragements! He feels that though his fellow men may never say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” it will be enough for him to know that God has seen him, that God keeps a book of remembrances, and that, at the last, a full reward, not of debt, but of grace, shall be given to him who is faithful. I do not know how it is with you idle professors who profess to be saved, but who do little or nothing for Christ—I do not see how the fact that God is observing you can give you any comfort.
If it is true that you are not your own, but that you are bought with a price, even with the precious blood of Jesus, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, can you calmly think of God watching your idle hours, listening to your many words that have no weight, no value in them and noting how you neglect your many opportunities of serving your day and generation? But, on the other hand, in proportion as you are constrained by the love of Christ to be instant in season and out of season, in the same proportion will it be sweet to you to remember that the Lord is observing you and that He is always at your right hand to help you in your service for Him!
We also learn the preciousness of God’s thoughts to us as we depend implicitly upon Him as the great Lord of providence. It is of little use to you to have anyone thinking of you if his thoughts never bring you any practical help. But if you have a rich friend who has promised, as soon as possible, to find you a position in which you will be provided for as long as you live, I would not be surprised to hear that even while you have been at this service, you have been gratefully thinking of him. “Yes,” you have been saying, “I could not make my way on my own account, but I have a friend at my back who says that he will see that I shall never be in need—and it comforts me to think that he is thinking of me.” Well then, if the promise of an earthly friend affords so much consolation as that, how much more should this be the case with you who have a heavenly friend who is both able and willing to fulfill all His promises?
God is ALWAYS thinking of what is best for you—what you require today and what you will require tomorrow—He is always anticipating your needs, providing Elims with wells and palm trees while you are travelling through the desert. And as you meditate upon the way in which He is thinking of how He shall bless, perfect and glorify you, His thoughts must, indeed, be precious to you!
One reason why God’s thoughts concerning us are peculiarly precious is that gracious men long to get near to God. They are not satisfied with what they are. The wanderings of their thoughts towards inferior objects are a burden to them and they are continually longing to get nearer to God. If there is one cry that rises more frequently to our lips than any other, it is this—
“Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!”
But, alas, our thoughts of God are a very poor help to us in drawing us nearer to Him! They flag, tire and soon die—but the thoughts of God toward us are strong, like God, Himself, is—and these, like so many unbreakable cords firmly fastened to us, are drawing us always nearer to Him! Thought leads to action and God’s thinking of us leads to the practical action of drawing us nearer to Himself. So the fact that He is continually thinking of us encourages us to believe that we shall one day be close to Him and be qualified to be close to Him—being perfectly conformed to the image of Christ—and drawn into the closest possible fellowship with God. And the nearer we get to God, the more precious will His thoughts of us become to us.
If we were not such babes in Christ and so carnal, we would prize every crumb from our Father’s table—and much more—every thought from our Father’s mind! We would prize, far above gold and rubies, what I may call the ordinary outgoings of the divine mind in His providential arrangements for us. But much more should we value those deep, eternal, infinite thoughts which have already secured our salvation and which shall, before long, complete our sanctification and our glorification, too!