Thought for the day #194

 

CALLED BY MY NAME

 

 

Isaiah 43:1   (New American Standard Bible)

But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!

 

Correction and chastisement can bring intense feelings of failure and worthlessness.  Loneliness can overwhelm a person.  Uncertainties of heritage can be very discouraging. We can feel alone and unwanted.

 

Certainly those of the House of Israel have felt all of these emotions and more. 

 

Israel had sinned. She had gone through hardship and destruction because of her sin. God had reproved her.  It was in this setting that the prophet, Isaiah, spoke the words in the above scripture. 

 

Obviously, God saw that his people were in such despair that he needed to reassure them. There was no need to fear for they belonged to him and he still wanted them.  His promise to preserve them was still true.

 

We are no different today. Like Israel of old, we sometimes feel rejected and unwanted. Our identity seems to be obscured. The truth of our heritage, denied.

 

The declarations that God had given to Israel, through Isaiah, are ours to claim today. He is our creator, the one who set us apart to be his people. He has redeemed us, just as he said. And he still calls us by our name, Israel. We have no need to fear. 

 

Let us look up and rejoice. God is faithful. He has reserved a Remnant for himself. As a member of that remnant, we know that we belong to him. All of his promises are ours. He will protect, keep and provide for us as long as we depend upon him. We can face each new day with confidence. We are the Sons of God.

 

Praise God! We are of the House of Israel, loved and preserved by the power of Almighty God. We can sing the song of the Redeemed, through the blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Almighty God claims me for himself.

 

Prayer:

Thank you Heavenly Father, for your reassurance that I belong to you. I am so glad that you have preserved me as part of your Remnant. I know that you have redeemed me. I thank you for preserving my heritage and all your promises to bless me. Help me to be faithful. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.