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Have you ever asked children to count to a hundred? If they know how, and they aren’t too old, they may start counting and eventually reach the mark. But I’ve never had anyone try to count to 1,000. That’s a lot of counting.
Something else I’ve never tried to count is the hairs on my head. Or on anyone else’s head for that matter. I’m told there are approximately 100,000 hairs on the average human head. I wonder who estimated that number. I’m sure they only counted a small area and did some math to arrive at it. Who actually counts hair?
Which brings us to Psalms 40:11-12, “Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me. For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.” (NIV) In this psalm, the writer realizes he has sinned more times than the number of hairs on his head. He desperately seeks God’s mercy and love.
How different from the attitude many sport today. Oh, they don’t claim to be perfect, but they don’t think they’re that bad either. Most would probably estimate their number of sins as much less than 100,000. If they even think about sin. Why bother to count? But even one sin in enough. We all need God’s mercy and love to forgive us.
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