By Name – Numbers 1:1-16

“The LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai…saying,
‘Take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel…
And there shall be with you a man from each tribe…And these are the names of the men who shall assist you…’
These were the ones chosen from the congregation, the chiefs of their ancestral tribes, the heads of the clans of Israel.”

Numbers 1:1-16

The Lord listed these men by name. They were the men chosen for this role. Chosen, by name, by God Himself.

I want us to dwell in the wonder of this.

Because isn’t this how specifically He fits together His church? Seeing the whole picture of what He will accomplish in His kingdom, and piecing each detail, each role together perfectly. Planning far in advance how you, how I, how each one of us will fit.

The Lord intricately wove us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-15). Knowing already the strengths and passions and personality and weaknesses which would fit us into the roles He had planned.

Upon our salvation, our choosing of Him and the Spirit’s making us alive in Christ, He recreated us in Christ Jesus, further equipping us for the good works He had planned for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).

And in 1 Corinthians 12, we see a reference to this beautiful puzzle He’s piecing together: “But as it is, God arranged the members of the body, each one of them, as He chose…Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:18, 27). He arranges each member of His body – each one of us – as He sees fit. In wisdom and authority and grace. He leads us to the place we were made to fill, the place where we bring encouragement and strength and building up to the body of Christ and where we will experience fuller joy and greater satisfaction as we trust in and follow our God’s leading.

The God of heaven knows who you are. He knows your name. He knows your history. He knows your passions and strengths and weaknesses and fears, and all your details. He wove you together in exactly this way, mindful of the roles He would have you fill. Knowing precisely what was needed – and precisely how you would need to depend on Him in the midst of it all.

Because He also doesn’t design us to handle it all on our own. He will equip and empower, but it is in His daily mercies that we must walk. With confidence rooted not in our ability or our training, but ultimately and firmly in who our God is – who this God is who led us here, who made us, who put His God-sized dreams in our heart and has promised He will never leave us. He is our God who opens doors no one can shut and who shuts doors no one can open (Revelation 3:7). Our God who goes before us and is our rear guard (Isaiah 52:12). He does not leave us to go forward on our own, and He will not fail to provide exactly what is needed.

So let us trust Him. Let us cast aside fear and doubt and intimidation, and instead let our heart take courage knowing who our God is, following Him down the path He sets us on and in the roles He calls us to. He knows our name and He has placed us here for such a time as this, choosing our place in His story. And so we confidently join Him in the beautiful, God-glorifying work He has set out to accomplish.

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