For the last year, the Lord has shown me numbers. Sometime in the wee morning hours, I see a figure, and I ask what it represents. It has ranged from the number of illegal votes in the 2020 election to the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust to the amount of mail processed in the U.S.A. overnight. God knows all the figures of everything in precise detail. He isn’t “in the dark” about anything.
This morning, I saw another number, and as has become usual, I asked what it meant. The Lord’s reply, however, set me back. He said, “That’s the number of crib deaths in an hour.”
He followed it by quoting Matthew 2:18. “In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”
He continued. He said, “I know all the children who died so that I might live. I know their names.”
Of course, He does. Why would we think otherwise? But still, He drove the point in deeper.
“The heart of the Father is for children. He is jealous for them,” He said.
“Jealous” in this sense, when applied to God, means fiercely protective. It is being “vigilant” to guard something. Exodus 34:14 says He is a jealous God. Obviously, it does not mean resentful.
I made mention of this the other day, but we have not understood the depth of God’s love. We have heard it said, “It’s not that God HAS love, but GOD IS LOVE,” and though this is truth, it misses the power of it. God IS love because He is the SOURCE of it. Love is CREATED in Him. As a stream bubbles up from the ground and becomes a mighty river, true LOVE is MADE by the very breath of God.
Minister Jesse Duplantis went to heaven in the late 1980s and has told of the many wonderful things he saw there, but when he went before the throne of the Father, he saw the souls of babies being created FROM the Father. He said they circled around Him, begging to come to earth and be born.
Now, I realize this seems foreign to many. But God’s LOVE is pure LIFE. It CREATES. It MULTIPLIES. It can’t NOT CREATE and MULTIPLY. That’s like separating electricity from the power it contains. GOD IS LOVE because GOD IS LIFE, and that LIFE is not inert. When He made man IN HIS IMAGE and AFTER HIS LIKENESS, He commanded Adam, meaning both man and woman, to MULTIPLY and replenish the earth. (Ge 1:27-28) Man CREATES LIFE because he is made in the image of God.
Children were God’s idea, and He values them so much that He sent His Son in the form of a baby and NOT as the conquering hero the Jewish people expected. They thought their Savior would ride in and destroy the Romans, but God came to LOVE the Romans, to save them, and heal them. He came for the Jews as a Jew, but He came as a LIGHT to all nations. (Is 42:6)
He LOVED all men, and He ADORES children.
Unfortunately, heaven is full of them. Minister Duplantis remarked on this and on how much the children, there, love Jesus. They seek time with Him and will perform songs for Him. He embraces them. He loves the children. But … and here is what He would have me say, He knows them all by name. Not a single life CREATED by LOVE is unknown and forgotten. Not one life is lost.
Our definition of love is wrong. Man’s definition of love is not love at all. Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 in various translations, meditate on it, and realize that is a description of the nature of God. TRUE LOVE comes DIRECTLY from the FATHER and its desire is to give and give and give. It desires the best for its neighbor, even when they don’t deserve it.
The LOVE OF GOD will lay down its LIFE to save. It isn’t satisfied until it’s given all it has, and know this, it never, ever runs out. It is ETERNAL and UNENDING. (Jn 3:16) God’s LOVE is the PUREST force in existence. It is what GIVES LIFE to the world. In Genesis 1:3, when God said, “Light be!” Love did that.
And LOVE knows all the numbers about you. God is intensely personal. It’s not the worship He adores, it’s the people who do the worshiping. He came to save because HE LOVED and that LOVE for fallen man wasn’t satisfied with how we were.
LOVE had to do something about it. LOVE called your name.
Suzanne D. Williams, Author