“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1). That powerful promise confirms that God knows your name!
We all like to protect our name. In fact, most people would do anything to stop their name being misused or abused. I always feel happy therefore when my name is spelled or pronounced correctly. It brings greater satisfaction when someone that I may have met only fleetingly, remembers my name.
I have at times faced some level of embarrassment when the name of a person I’m talking to has eluded me. On a few occasions, I have even struggled to remember the name of a person I was praying for at the altar!
How comforting it is therefore to understand that Our God knows and calls us by name! He says, ‘I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Yes, God knows your name.
Biblical examples to show that God knows your name:
- A senior Citizen had probably given up on his youthful dreams and ambitions and settled down to a quiet, nomadic life in the desert, until he had a life changing encounter with God. What Moses saw in Exodus 2:1-6, would have reflected a modern day television as he saw a picture of a burning bush, with a voice speaking from within the bush! What were the first words God spoke to Moses? He said, ‘Moses! Moses (verse 4)!” God called him by name!
God knew Moses by name and He knows you too.
- In 1 Samuel 3:1-10, a young boy serving in the Lord’s temple was probably trying to figure out what his future in ministry would be like. He was surrounded by leadership examples that were quite horrible (Read chapter 2). Then God spoke, and God called him by name! In fact, God called him by name at least 5 times that night!
Samuel was known by name and God knows your name too.
- Peter denied the Lord at the most crucial hour and was handling a failure that could have haunted him for the rest of his life. He may have even considered giving up ministry. When Jesus rose from the dead however, an angel told the ladies at the tomb, “But go, tell His disciples and PETER, He is going ahead of you into Galilee.” (Mark 16:7)
Peter was identified by name and God knows your name too.
So friend, be assured that God knows your name. That shows how personal His love is towards you.
“Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth He has made mention of my name.” (Isaiah 49:1)