DayBreaks for 03/16/11 – He Has Called Your Name
But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. – Isaiah 43:1
Harry Emerson Fosdick was one of the greatest American preachers. He described his own preaching as counseling on a large scale. Few people knew that as a young seminary student Fosdick reached the breaking point after working one summer in a New York Bowery mission. After his summer mission was through, he went home and was overcome by deep depression. One day he found himself standing in the bathroom with a straight razor to his throat. He thought about taking his own life. And then – at that very moment – he heard his father in the other room calling his name, “Harry! Harry!” His father’s voice called him back to his senses – and to life. He never forgot it. It was like the voice of God calling him.
Remember that during those dark times in your life when you are in the wilderness, trying to find your way through, when temptation comes and offers you the wrong choice — the wrong use of power, the wrong way to popularity, the wrong kind of partnership — then you need to remember that God has called your name: “This is my beloved son, my beloved daughter, in whom I am well pleased.” And, you remember that because God has called your name He will see you through.
PRAYER: Thank You for knowing our name, and for calling us Your beloved! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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