Scripture: Isaiah (NIV) 43:1 But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
Observation: I am better at remembering faces than names and I often have trouble remembering names. Many times I have silently and quickly prayed for the Lord to help me remember a name. And many times he has. In this verse God is speaking to Jacob and Israel, telling them not to fear. He has not just put out a general call to all the nations; he has specifically called them by name!
Application: God did not put out a general call for me to come to him. He called me personally. He even gave me His name to use in prayer. His call may come through a verse in the Bible, or a message preached to hundreds of people, or some other way, but however it comes, it comes personally. God addresses it to Leon and signs it personally!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, it is so good to know that I am on a first name basis with you, the creator of the universe and the savior of my soul! Thank you, Leon.
Making friends for time and eternity!