August 1, 2022

“He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”—John 10:3 (NIV)

 In the grand scheme of things, as a human being in this universe, I am but a grain of sand on earth. If I imagine I am a granule on a beach, I acknowledge that I am just one among bazillions of undistinguishable specks.

And yet . . . God not only recognizes me but knows my name!

When I was a child, I frequently felt insignificant and unimportant. Not that anyone contributed to that; it was just how I felt. And I wasn’t even the last person chosen to be on a ball team or on a side in tug of war. I can’t imagine what those children who stood in line waiting for their name to be called felt like. Maybe you were one of those kids. If so, this message is for you. If not, this message still is for you to embrace how important you are to our Creator.

God Calls Us By Name!

The New International Version Bible tells of people God called by name, some whose names he called twice in a row.

  • When Abraham placed his son Isaac on the altar, “. . . the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!”—Genesis 22:11
  • “And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, ‘Jacob! Jacob!’”—Genesis 46:1
  • “. . . God called to him from within the [burning] bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’”—Exodus 3:4
  • “The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’”—1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV) (Samuel was only 12 years old.)
  • Martha was busy with chores when Jesus spoke to her: “‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better [listening to Jesus], and it will not be taken away from her.’”—Luke 10 :41-42
  • Jesus spoke to Peter: “‘Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.’”—Luke 22:31-32
  • “He [Saul] fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'”—Acts 9:4

In these instances, God made an intimate appeal to each person. He drew them into His presence to open their eyes to the special message God had for them—just as Jesus did when He called Mary and Thomas by name.

Perhaps you are thinking, Sure, God spoke to these people intimately way back then because they were special to Him.

The good news is, God is the same today, yesterday, and forever. More good news . . . you are special to Him.

God’s Word is for YOU!

That’s right, God’s Word is for all of us. Take heart at these verses from the NIV Bible—the Lord’s promises to you:

“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.”—Isaiah 43:1

 “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”—Isaiah 45:3

“Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.”—Isaiah 49:1

Another place in the Bible demonstrating each individual’s importance is when a seemingly “insignificant” person is mentioned by name: Rhoda, who is mentioned once in Acts 12. Rhoda was the servant who answered Peter’s knock at the door, yet was so overjoyed at his presence that she ran without opening the door to tell the people praying for his release from prison that Peter was outside. Nobody believed Rhoda because of Peter’s situation and because of Rhoda’s “lower social status.” Scripture could have recorded this incident without mentioning Rhoda’s name. But it didn’t because she was not unimportant in God’s eyes, but rather significant . . . as are you.

God loves you with an everlasting love. He delights in you! In fact, He rejoices over you with singing!

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”—Zephaniah 3:17

 “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”—Psalm 18:19

“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”—Psalm 147:11

So the next time you feel unloved, insignificant, or “less than,” repeat to yourself, I am special to God. He delights in me and actually rejoices over me with singing. Can you imagine what a beautiful sight and sound that is? And how calming and reassuring?

Prayer:  Lord God, although it is sometimes difficult to grasp how special I am to you, I acknowledge this truth. Thank you for drawing me close to you and calling me by name. How special that is to me. 

Thought for the Day:  “For we are God’s masterpiece. He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”—Ephesians 2:10

P.S. If this message ministered to you I would love to hear about it. If you would rather not share on the blog’s comment, email me at: mary@marystonewriter.com   Thank you for allowing me to lift you up for God’s continued blessings.–Mary