You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. Psalm 139:15-17 NLT
Oh, what absolute peace this portion of Scripture gives me. God, the creator of the universe, knows me intimately. He knows my thoughts and my path.
We live in a society where we’ve given up much of our identity to numbers. We’d like to think our mail delivery person knows our name, but actually he/she knows the street address and zip code before he knows our name.
Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:15-16
You may think your college knows you by name, but they identify us by our birth date and social security number. Even your bank wants to know your account number, then they can see your name. Even a reservation in a hotel gives you a number.
But, not God. No, God knows how important our names are. And God knows your name. God calls you by name. God has known your name since it was first whispered at your conception and then shouted with joy at your birth. When someone you really know and love, calls your name, it’s just different. You know their voice. Even if you were blindfolded or in darkness, you’d recognize their voice.
Imagine what Mary Magdalene experienced when she went to the tomb on Easter Sunday. She was filled with so much grief that she didn’t even recognize Jesus when He stood in front of her. But the minute He spoke her name, she knew. John describes the event in John 20:6-18.
Vs 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” she turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!”
All it took was one word to move Mary from grief and confusion to joy and understanding. That one word was her name. No one says your name like Jesus.
Easter is another reminder of what God did for us in the past. But it’s not in the past that we live. God continues to do in our lives now. We’re not here because of some long ago story of things which will never happen again, we’re here because of the ongoing story of the things that happen today, tomorrow and every day as we live this adventure and journey of faith.
Our God is a living God who knows us by name; who knows our needs; He knows our desires. He knows our failures and when we struggle through life. We are to put our lives into God’s hands through Christ and He will lift us up.
You are known by God. Accepting this truth, how will this make you live differently?