Day Nine: The Promise to Call Us By Name

“I have called you by name; you are mine.”   Isaiah 43:1b

I would like to thank my Mom and my Dad for giving me such a beautiful name. I love my name!  I was actually named after one of my mother’s students in her first grade class.  She loved the name Vanessa and they decided to give their second daughter this beautiful name.  Thanks Mom and Dad!

Another reason I love my name is because it’s unique.  Growing up there were no other Vanessa’s in my school (at least none that I can remember).  So when someone said the name Vanessa you knew they were talking about me.  I liked having a special, unique name.

I also love hearing my called…by my husband, my children, my parents, my sisters, my friends, and my co-workers. But nothing puts a smile on my face like hearing one of my church kids call out my name and run up to me ready to give me a big hug.  I love it!

Did you know that God promises to call us by name?  In the book of Isaiah, God says “I have called you by name; you are mine.”

How does that make you feel?  Happy?  Nervous?  Scared?

For me, I am excited to know that God promises to call me by name.  God knows my name.

My name!

He knows me.

Even though there are billions of people in the world today, God knows me and He calls me by my name.

But there are other times when I get nervous when God calls my name.  Some of those times when God calls my name He is asking me to do something.  And usually that thing makes me scared.  Not because I don’t like it that He calls my name, but because what He is asking me to do seems HUGE and out of my comfort zone.  Those are the times when I say, “Are you sure you got the right Vanessa, God?”

What I love about this promise in Isaiah is that God says “I HAVE called you by name.”  He doesn’t say I will call you by name, or I am going to call you by name.  No, this promise from God is that He has already called us by name.

Yes, that’s right.

He has already called you.  He has great plans for your life.  He knows your name and He knows what He wants you to do.  And no, He hasn’t gotten the wrong person for that call.  He knows you and He has chosen you.  Yes, you!!!

I love the story of Samuel’s calling from God.  In chapter 3 of the book of 1 Samuel, one night while Samuel is sleeping, he hears a voice calling his name.  For the first three times he thinks it’s Eli, the priest, who is calling his name.  When Eli realizes it’s God, he tells Samuel that if he hears his name again to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”  So Samuel goes back and lies down and hears his name called for a fourth time.  This time he listened to Eli and said what Eli told him to say.

And guess what happened?

God spoke to him.

Are you hearing the voice of God call your name?  Maybe you are ignoring His voice.  Perhaps you are scared like I am.  But, what if, instead of ignoring Him calling our name, we choose to learn from Samuel and say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

Does that scare you to death?

When you say those words there is no turning back.  God is going to speak.  Are you ready and willing to listen?

I pray that you will be comforted by the sound of God’s voice saying your name.  I pray that you will choose to listen and allow Him to speak to you.  I pray that you will boldly say to God, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

He is calling your name.

Are you ready to listen?

Prayer:  Holy God, what a comfort to know that You have promised to call us by name.  May we long to hear the sound of Your voice calling us.  Help us to listen to what You have to say when You call our names.  We are ready and willing, Lord.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Journal
  1. What does your name mean?  If you don’t know, look it up.  What is special about you and your name?
  2. Can you remember a time when God called your name?
  3. Write a prayer to the Lord asking Him to speak to you.

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