A father will not let his child starve—certainly none so fatherly as God. You do not have such a Father as is ignorant or regardless of your condition; He takes an exact notice of all your wants and pressures.

It is notable to observe how God condescends to express the particular notice that He takes of the saints: “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands” (Isa 49:16). As we tie things about our hands, that we may remember such a work and business; so God does, as it were, put a print and mark upon His hands, to speak after the manner of men.

Nay, “The hairs of their heads are numbered” (Matt. 10:30). God has a particular notice of their necessities; and Jesus Christ is His remembrancer, one that ever appears before Him to represent their wants (Heb. 9:24). As the high priest in the law was to go in with the names of the tribes upon his breast and shoulder when He did minister before God, this is a type of how much we are in the heart of Christ, ever presenting Himself before the Lord on the behalf of such and such a believer.

—Thomas Manton



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