I have a hard time with names. We have a relatively large church, and I wish we could know everyone’s name, their families, and their needs so we could pray for and minister to them. Because we can’t do this, we have a staff of pastors to help us fulfill our responsibility to the people in our church.

If caring for hundreds of people gives us trouble, imagine how the burden would increase if the hundreds multiplied to thousands, millions, or even billions of people. Our concern would escalate to a crisis.

But God intimately knows every detail—thoughts, aspirations, personalities, character, and even the number of hairs on the head—about the billions of people in the world. He knows when a tiny sparrow falls to the ground. How much more does He care for you and me?

You may be nothing more than a number to your phone company, your utility company, or your credit card company, but you’re not “just another number” to God. To prove how much He cares, He sent Jesus Christ to die for your sins. Three days later, He arose from the dead so you could have everlasting life if you put your trust in Him. That’s a lot of love.

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, you may be discouraged because you don’t have loved ones with whom you can share the season. You might feel lonely and unloved. Let today’s devotional be a reminder to you that there is Someone Who cares. You’re more than a number in His eyes.

He Who counts the stars and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting His own children. He knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature He ever made, or the only saint He ever loved. — C.H. Spurgeon

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.