Scripture for Today: Isaiah 43:1 “But now, this is what the Lord says — He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel; ‘Do not fear for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.'”
I did not realize our label maker was vintage! It does look strange but it gets the job done, marking items with our name. We do it because we have the silly optimism that those same items when loaned to others will have a better chance of making it back to our home! We do not try to label everything with our name, just the little treasures we would like to have returned to us.
Today’s verse reassures us that the Lord knows us intimately. He has called us by name and we as believers belong to Him. This verse refers specifically to the nation of Israel but it is true of all those who are His own. He is our Shepherd and calls His own sheep by name (John 10:3). He not only formed and created each one of us, but He has bought us back at a tremendous price to Himself! (I Cor. 6:20) He thought us valuable enough to call us by name, redeem our lives and mark us as His very own forever! (Rev. 3:12)
Because of His intimate knowledge and love for me, I do not have any reason to fear. If God is for me, who can be against me? (Rom. 8:31) Plenty of people I suppose but they will not get far. I belong to the Creator of the universe and nothing and no one can separate me from His love! (Rom. 8:35-39) No one will ever touch my soul. He has labeled me as His very own!
Thank you Lord, that You know my name and make me Yours!
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)