According to astronomer, Simon Driver, “There are more stars in the sky than there are grains of sand on every beach and desert on Earth. “Researched by an additional group of astronomers, there are “70 sextillion stars in the visible universe.” That is 70 thousand million, million, million or 7 with 22 zeros behind it. Needless to write, that is a lot of stars.
Imagine that! The creator of the universe not only placed the stars into existence and scattered them in space, but He also named them. Every shooting star is named and recognized by God.
However, He didn’t stop there with the names.
Obviously, if Jesus hosted a social gathering, name tags would be provided; names are important to God.
For the same reason that we name what is important to us.
If we value it, we name it –we write it, we type it, we monogram it. “See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands;” –Isaiah 49:16
God values you, and He has given you multiple names. You are:
- A child of God –John 1:12
- A friend of Jesus — John 15:15
- Justified and Redeemed –Romans 3:24
- No longer a slave to sin –Romans 6:6
- Not condemned –Romans 8:1
- Wise, Righteous, Sanctified, Redeemed — 1 Corinthians 1:30
- Accepted — Romans 15:7
- Chosen, Holy, Blameless before God — Ephesians 1:4
- A fellow heir with Christ –Romans 8:17
- Blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places — Ephesians 1:3
Friend, I would like to encourage you to daily speak these truths believing that you are who God says you are. Please confess them until you memorize them, and then keep confessing as you add more. Although this listing is a small sample of God’s names for you as a Christian, it’s still a great place to begin. Since we live and respond to situations based on our core beliefs, it is important that we see ourselves as God sees us, through the names that He has given us.
Just as God knows the stars in your sky tonight, rest assured, He knows and loves you even more.