Encoded Barcodes

encodeWe live in a hurry-up and get-it-done world. To help us live in an orderly and speedy fashion, we rely on day planners and grocery scanners.

That little rectangle box of dark lines in varied widths is encoded with information that reveals the price of the product, and it helps to control inventory. The UPC code became operational in 1974 and a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum was the first item to be scanned using this system.barcode

According to the agency which issues barcode numbers (GS1 or Global Standards One), about 5 billion barcodes are scanned every day. This lends itself to the concept that you are little more than a number among the masses.

Let me assure you, God never forgets your face, and He always remembers your name. David was sure of this when he wrote Psalm 139: O LORD, you examine me and know. You know when I sit down and when I get up; even from far away you understand my motives. You carefully observe me when I travel or when I lie down to rest; you are aware of everything I do.

Wow! God is “aware” of everything you do, and regardless of your actions, thoughts, and decisions, He still loves you.

As David contemplates this awesome relationship, he says: Where can I go to escape your spirit? Where can I flee to escape your presence? If I were to ascend to heaven, you would be there. If I were to sprawl out in Sheol, there you would be. If I were to fly away on the wings of the dawn and settle down on the other side of the sea, even there your hand would guide me, your right hand would grab hold of me.

When the UPC made its appearance in 1974, the letters stood for Universal Product Code. When you read Psalm 139, think of UPC as the Universal Purpose of Christ.

Does this Psalm give you the idea that you are encoded with the love of God? Doesn’t John 3:16 do the same thing? For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. The Universal Purpose of Christ was to die for you, so you could live with Him.

gumIt might have started with the lip-smacking, bubble-blowing, taste bud-satisfying Wrigley’s gum, but when you think of UPC in the context of God’s love, the flavor last much longer than a stick of gum and it satisfies the soul.

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