Garland Of Grace – 01.11.16


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.

 – Pastor Eric

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