“But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: ‘Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine'”. (Isaiah 43:1)
What would it take for us to believe that God is truly in control and that nothing this year which seems to have upended most of us, and left us so uncertain of everything, is a surprise to our Father.
The word tells us that we can be certain of our identity in the One who chose us, the One who created and redeemed us and called each of us, uniquely by name. When Jacob became Israel, God already knew who he had created, it was just time for Jacob to realize it and to step into it.
I feel as though that’s been so much of my walk, my story. Not truly believing that the raw version of me was who He loved, called and chose. For so long I struggled with trying to be a good Christian girl, tame and stable and not wild, loud and free. Perhaps being that would bury any shame of past experiences and sin, or so I thought.
I love the rest of this passage in Isaiah 43:1 (Msg): “I paid a huge price for you: That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back. trade the creation just for you”.
Experiencing God’s love for me in a new way this past year, minus the performance and the striving, has been so liberating and freeing and I find myself trusting again in Who He says I am and in Who’s I am. Dear friend, He knows your name and He sees you!
Prayer of Response:
“Father, thank you for sending Jesus to pay the ransom for me/for us, thank You that you love the broken, worn out, lost sinner even before we are conceived, for You have fearfully and wonderfully made each of us, uniquely for your pleasure and purpose. We love You right back!”
—Submitted by Samantha Muller
Single mom living in Geneva, Switzerland. A lover of Jesus with a desire to allow His will to forever be done in my life and to live fully on purpose for Him pointing others to His saving grace.