Sunday, January 9, 2022

GOD KNOWS OUR NAMES

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 43-44

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A flooded river bed, now dry, makes its way from the high country in Israel to the dry and arid region of the Dead Sea. The roots of the trees can find water which remains underground. Even in dry times we can reach down in our prayers and Bible studies to tap the life-giving underground water Source. God has promised to “pour water on him who is thirsty” (44:3a).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Isaiah 43:1, 44:3

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,

And He who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by your name;

You are Mine…”

For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,

And floods on the dry ground;

I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,

And My blessing on your offspring;

 

Our Scripture reading for today begins with the fact that our God is a personal God! No doubt Isaiah’s readers will have brought to mind stories such as that of the Prophet/Priest Samuel. God called “Samuel” by name. Read 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and realize that God knows each one of us by our names. God called a man who was persecuting His people. In Acts we read of the man who became the Apostle Paul, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:1-22).

Isaiah 44 describes the efforts of men to create new gods and then represent them by images made of wood and stone. In contrast, the true, One and only God, is not a creation but is the supreme Creator! Man does not imagine Him, nor do we name Him. He names Himself! And to think that Almighty God can call us by our individual names! Let us take time right now to listen for God. Is He calling us by name with that “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). When we hear His voice, it is truly like a refreshing drink of water for the thirsty soul.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, You said, “My sheep know My voice”! (John 10:27). I am one of Your sheep Lord, so it follows that all I have to do is quiet my spirit and listen carefully. I hear You calling me and telling me, “I know your name and I love you!” I pray that I will love You back more and more, Lord Jesus! 1 John 4:19 declares that “We love Him because He first loved us.” Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I have on my laptop screen a page of icons. I can click on “Concordance” and type in a few words of a verse, and it immediately finds the reference so that I can then open my Bible and read the verse in its context. For example, this morning I did not use the Concordance app, but put the words “still small voice” into the Google search engine. It said that for those words there were 430,000,000 results in 0.16 seconds!!! All this boggles my mind. I may not know how this all works, but I do know with the certainty of God’s Word that God knows my name, and He calls me by my name! Through the years, when I needed a particular chapter and verse and my son-in-law, Rev. Nizar Shaheen, was nearby, I would give him two or three words of the Scripture I wanted to find. He would immediately tell me where it was found. I’ve never found anyone else with such a memory.

The story of Nizar’s conversion to Christ is an amazing one, and today’s first key verse is a big part of his testimony. He fell from the minaret of a mosque under construction and his brothers thought he was dead. They laid him in the back seat of a car to take him to the hospital when they saw signs of life. Lying there he heard a voice saying, “Nizar, Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine!” Click here for an interview I did with Nizar in 2003, where he tells this amazing story of our great, personal God Who knows each of our names and Who created each one of us for His purpose. I’ve just read again Isaiah 43:7-11 and committed myself again for today to be as verse 10a says,”You are My witnesses”!!!

Yours in recognition of the fact that God not only knows our names, but He knows everything about each one of us and He loves us!!!

David

P.S. Below is a picture of the life-giving waters of the Jordan River right after my grandson, Eric Mainse (Ron and Ann’s son), was baptized by Nizar and me a few years ago.

9 thoughts on “Sunday, January 9, 2022

  1. Praying David’s prayer, today, and giving thanks and praise to Jesus Christ our Saviour. Thank You Lord for pouring out Your water, streams and blessings upon us. His peace be with upon you, fellow saints in the Lord.

    Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 NKJV

    My Sheep Know My Voice
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62nFNeh3aa8

  2. Lord God, as Saul was on a mission he thought was right, armed with the confirmation and authority of his leaders, so many of us are busy with things we believe to be right. Please, Father, show us Your will for our lives, and set us on the path You have set for us. As the re-oriented Paul was a mighty witness for You, so may we also be good, faithful, and fruitful witnesses for You, in Jesus’s name, amen
    P.S. This prayer is for all God’s children everywhere…

  3. Such a beautiful photo of David’s grandson at his baptism. The joy of the Lord is our strength. I sure enjoyed watching the clip of Nizar’s testimony. What a mighty God we serve! Prayers for all those following David’s blog, your families and your communities. Thy will be done, Thy kingdom come, we pray in Your Name Jesus.

  4. A Wonderful testimony of God’s plan for His children! I remember that time and remember that David had said, the man was the important person in the wedding – the bride quietly joined the ceremony. Very different than the weddings I‘be ever attended! God is good, even to the point of telling Ellen’s parents that Nizar was to be her husband. Blessings all on a very windy day in S Ontario.

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