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"The Worth of You"
I suppose most of us were brought up to believe that God cares for
everybody, is concerned not only about everyone, but also each one. We've
been told that He knows our names, He knows our needs, He knows all about
us and, if we fulfill certain conditions of faith, He'll take care of us.
This wonderful arrangement is called providence. We read about it in the
Scriptures: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." And: "Casting
all your care upon Him because He cares for you."
Is it true? Can we still believe it? I don't mean accept it, like
you accept the theory of relativity. Can we live by it? Trust it? Sit
back and put all our weight on it? As we live, day by day, can we make our
plans counting on God's providence, using it as a working principle of life?
Here is the nub of it: Can you live your life believing that the God who
spoke the universe into being, who sets the stars on their courses, knows,
loves and wants to take care of you?
It isn't easy to believe, is it? The minute we begin to think about
it, all sorts of barriers stand up -- block the way to acceptance. We think:
"Look at this universe!" When David said: "The Lord is my shepherd," he
didn't know what we know about how vast this universe is. The people who
study the stars tell us that there are more than a billion stars in our
galaxy -- that the distance across our galaxy is 500 quadrillion miles.
(That's one, followed by seventeen zeroes.) That's not all. Our galaxy
is only one of more than a billion galaxies. And they know there are at
least 100 sextillion stars out there! One hundred sextillion is one followed
by twenty-three zeroes! I don't understand figures like that. When I hear
numbers that large, I feel like that fellow who saw his first atomic explosion
and said: "Man, that atom bomb is dynamite!" Yesterday's people believed
the world was the center of all things because it is the home of man. In
the new sk ...
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