DayBreaks for 10/04/19: He Knows Your Name
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2009:
A true story: “A guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all the cash from the cash drawer. After the cashier put the cash in the bag, the robber saw a bottle of scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf. He told the cashier to put it in the bag as well, but he refused and said, ‘Because I don’t believe you are over 21.’ The robber said he was, but the clerk still refused to give it to him because he didn’t believe him. At this point the robber took his driver’s license out of his wallet and gave it to the clerk. The clerk looked it over and agreed that the man was in fact over 21 and he put the scotch in the bag. The robber then ran from the store with his loot. The cashier promptly called the police and gave the name and address of the robber that he got off the license. They arrested the robber two hours later.”
If I’d been the clerk, I probably would have forgotten the name and address before I could tell it to the cops. We have probably all experienced times when someone forgot our name. It’s embarrassing for everyone when that happens.
Have you ever thought about what it will be like to stand before God? Have you ever wondered if there will be a “foul up” in heaven and that out of all mankind that has ever lived, you will be the only one whose name should have been found in the book of life (Rev. 20:12) but wasn’t? That somewhere, just as in a human courthouse, there will have been a transcription error and your name will be missing?
It won’t happen!!! Never! You see, God knows you, He calls you by name, He knows every word that has ever been in your mouth before you spoke it, He knows how many hairs there are on your head at any moment in the day or night.
Consider Isaiah 49:14-16a: But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.’ Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands….
Though I might forget someone else’s name, I’d never ever forget my child’s name! You see, God knows a whole lot more about you than you do about your own children, and He never has amnesia or Alzheimer’s disease. What’s even better than all that: he loves you with a love that will never go away, grow weak or get tired.
Your name will be written there if you have believed and trusted in Christ…He knows you (that’s good news!!!) and He loves you, too! Rejoice today knowing that He does!
I am not now, nor will I ever be, a stranger to God!
PRAYER: May we find complete and utter rest in knowing that You know us and we are not strangers to You!
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