02.02.16 – Brandy or Brittany?

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Was She Brandy or Brittany?

“I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places; so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name. For the sake of Jacob My servant, and Israel My chosen one, I have also called you by your name…” – Isaiah 45:3-4B

I suppose one of the worst things that a young man can do on a date with a young lady is to call her by the wrong name.  But to my everlasting shame, I must confess that I am guilty of this unimaginable dating blunder.  The year prior to my engagement to my precious Sarah, I met a particular young lady at my church.  She seemed like a really sweet girl.  She came from a good Christian family, and her love for God was overwhelming.  A few of my friends encouraged me to take the time out and get to know her.  After a few weeks of casual conversation at church gatherings, I finally mustered up the nerve one Sunday night to ask her if she would like to get some ice cream after church. She said yes, and so we did.  It was a really awesome time of fellowship together. She shared with me her passion for missions, and her desire to serve overseas on the mission field.  It was really encouraging to hear about her passion for lost people to be saved.  After staying for a time at the local Dairy Queen, I took her home.  As we said our goodbyes, I suddenly drew a blank, and called her the wrong name!  I could not believe it!  It was a horrific moment in my dating career.  What made things worse was that the wrong name I used just so happened to be the name of another girl at church.  I quickly corrected myself and called her the right name.  But it was too late. The awkward moment had been birthed and the damage had been done.  Needless to say it was the very first and the very last time I ever went out with her. My embarrassment took away any desire to ask her out again.  I figured that she would not be interested in a guy that could not even remember her name.

This embarrassing moment served as a reminder to me of how fallible and forgetful I really am.  But while it magnifies my forgetfulness, it also points to the infallibility of our great God who never forgets.  I may have drawn a blank that day with Brandy, but God never draws a blank, and He does not forget our name.  God is the omniscient and all-knowing God. For me, it is a great a joy and comfort to know that God knows each and every one of His children by name.  I pray that every parent reading this would take time out ponder that glorious truth for just a moment; for every parent with more than one child has been guilty of transposing their children’s names.  But God the Father does not have the flaw of forgetfulness. God cannot become confused.  No such defect deficiency mars the fatherhood of our great God.

In our passage above, we read that God calls His covenant people by name. This concept is further developed in the New Testament as we see Jesus the Messiah as the Good Shepherd who calls His sheep by name (John 10:3).  But as wonderful as this truth is, it really should not take us by surprise; for our Lord knows everything about us, even the amount of hair on our head (Luke 12:7).  And if God deems it necessary to know the amount of hair on your head, then He most certainly knows you by name, and will remember your name forever. We might be just a number to the government, but to the God of heaven who holds all earthly governments in His authoritative hand, we are a person with a name.  So know that we worship a personal God who wants to know you very intimately and personally.  He knows your name.  Come to know His name in a greater and deeper way.

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36 thoughts on “02.02.16 – Brandy or Brittany?

  1. It must have taken a lot of courage to write this to the class. I like that your story is a good example that God will never get are names confused or forget us.

  2. We all have our imperfections and we can forget things sometimes.but God loves us so much and he knows everything about us and he never does and never will forget our names or who we are.thank you for the very reassuring message mr Martin😋

  3. I am glad that someone else has problems remembering sometimes. I am also so thankful that God knows me and will never forget me. People will let you down they can’t help it. Thank goodness God is not like that.

  4. This is very encouraging to remember that God never forgets us. God remembers even the tiniest detail about us and He is all knowing. The fact that we could be the most unknown and forgotten person and God stills personally knows us is simply amazing. Things are forgotten so easily, but God knows the exact time we were born, saved, and everything else.

  5. We as humans are constantly prone to mistake;however, our God knows all and will not forget about us. We can use this to remember that God will never forget who we are, and will always be looking out for us. It is amazing to think how easily we can forget something that seems so insignificant yet our Creator can remember each and everyone of our names and what we have done throughout our lives.

  6. We are so very forgetful, I will get the names of some of my friends sometimes and its kinda embarrassing. That just goes to show how forgetful we can be and really magnifies how all knowing God is. The fact that he knows every little detail about us every hair on our body is just mind blowing

  7. This story gives such a great example of how great our Lord truly is. The fact that we serve such an awesome God that knows each and every little thing about every person astonishes me. He is the one and only perfect one.

  8. you’re story is a really good example of how us, humans, are flawed and forgetful and how God calls us by name and doesn’t foget anyone because he cares for us.

  9. I am very happy that God remembers all of our names. It would be awful if we got to Heaven and God didn’t know who we were. It just shows how much He loves us that he remembers all 7 billion of our names.

  10. This is very eye opening. The Lord is all knowing and He loves us all. I have called my friends different names and that’s because I am flawed. God never forgets our names and always loves us unconditionally.

  11. This is such a relatable topic. I have called my best friends names and then feel super embarrassed. How much better off could we be if we called God by His actual name and not make names for Him. Instead of looking to other things to keep us happy, we should rather look to God and call upon Him more often instead of ignoring Him and trying to be happy with worldly pleasures.

  12. As a result of the Fall, human beings are prone to make mistakes. Even through every little slip up God still loves us. I sometimes call people by wrong name, but thankfully they are very forgiving. I’m glad to know God remembers our names.

  13. Wow! I am so honored to serve a God who knows who I am! We as humans easily forget people’s names. For example, I get called Maggie a lot! But God knows who I am. It’s really awesome that God knows everyone, but that’s because he loves us so so so so much! He never forgets our name…

  14. I think it is awesome how God knows everything about us. It also shows how great and wonderful He really is and we can always count on Him to be there for us.

  15. Oh trust me everybody has had those moments. I even had one recently and I felt so embarrassed about it! I find it so amazing though how God never forgets our names. It’s so amazing how He wants to know us personally and how He just loves us so unconditionally. I will never get over how much He loves me!

  16. It is so great to know that the God of the whole universe that made every single star in the whole solar system! And have you seen pictures of the solar system??? It is ginormous! 😱😳 and yet He knows my name!!! That is just so astounding if you sit there and think about it! This reminds me of a song by Bethel called You Don’t Miss a Thing! It says “what a mystery that you notice me, and in a crowd of ten thousand, you don’t miss a thing!” Oh my goodness! This is just so much to take in! Thank you Mr. Martin for a great message!

  17. At least you had a good time haha. It’s comforting to know that God won’t forget us and that he knows so much about us. When we feel lonely and forgotten we can always remember that God is there and he knows our emotions and what we are going through. It’s easy for us to get down on ourselves as humans but we have to know that God cares about everything about us. Thanks Mr. Martin! 😀

  18. It’s truly amazing how God knows every piece of hair we have on our heads and how many tears have fallen from our eyes. God knows everything and loves us dearly.

  19. This is an amazing concept. I love the fact that God knows my name out of every single person ever, and knows how many hairs are on my head. It makes me feel great knowing that God doesn’t get confused.

  20. God know know all of our secrets and embarrassing moments. Gods knows everything. God knows what your going to say and do tomorrow. Thank you for sharing your story.

  21. It is amazing to think that out of all the people that God has ever created he still remembers every detail about you. It’s things like this that just remind me how great and caring our God is.

  22. This example and many others like it prove that we are only human. I am glad that God is so much more than that. He knows every detail about us so He can do what is best for us all the time.

  23. It’s really humbling to think that an all mighty God pays attention to us on a personal level. It is staggering to think He cares that much about us.

  24. As often as we mess up, it’s pretty amazing to think that God never does. I know I screw up every single day, so it’s nice to think that there’s someone out there who doesn’t.

  25. God is so loving and amazing. It is very humbling to know God knows us by name. He created us in HIS image. I cannot rap my mind around God’s love for us and his compassion. There are 8 billion people in the world and God never forgets my name. That is amazing.

  26. It’s always encouraging to know that whenever we feel any sort of worthlessness or shame in who we are, God is constantly reminding us that we are specifically and uniquely special and relevant to Him and His will.

  27. God is sovereign and he knows us better than anyone. He knows the number of hairs on our heads and all of our wants and desires. He loves us unconditionally and that will never change.

  28. It’s very encouraging to know that God will never forget us or forsake us. That’s just another example of how powerful God really is.

  29. It’s so neat that God knows each of his children by name. We get to have a personal relationship with God and he knows are personal lives .

  30. It’s so comforting to know how much God loves us. He knows us better than we know ourselves and that’s very encouraging. Its so great to know that I’m serving such a sovereign God.

  31. It makes me very grateful to know that we have a father that will never forget our names or ever make us fill unwanted. To know that he knows how many hairs we have on our head. It makes the people Who doesn’t have a earthly father happy to know we have a father who cares about us.

  32. It’s always comforting to know that our God that created everything knows all of our names. This continues to proof God’s glory.

  33. Knowing that God loves us and knows our every desire and want is at times scary but after reflecting on it, it can be comforting to know that there is someone who cares about us more than anyone here on Earth.

  34. It is amazing how God knows everything. It is both scary and and comforting to know that God knows and understands everything we are going through.

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