Called by Name

What an unsettling time to live! Maybe that’s why I found Isaiah 43:1 particularly reassuring.

“But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1 NIV)

You, Lord God, are speaking through Isaiah to Israel in this verse, and You also speak to me. You have created me. You formed me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). You redeemed me from the bondage of sin and self with the blood of Jesus.

I think of lines from hymns I used to sing in church: “Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me. He has redeemed me, and I am His child” (“Under His Wings”-William O. Cushing). “Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the lamb, redeemed by His infinite mercy—His child and forever I am”(“Redeemed”-Fanny Crosby).

Having made me, You know me completely. With Your infinite knowledge, You even know my name! (“…He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”—John 10:3 NIV)

What a comfort to remember these things when I feel unsteady or fearful!

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  1. Thank you for this encouraging reminder Tricia. And, so nice to replay those songs in my heart!

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