“I have called you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1b, NLT).
I have trouble remembering names, especially if I haven’t seen someone for a long time. I can usually remember faces, but on many occasions I’ve had to sheepishly ask a person’s name and then ask forgiveness for forgetting. We don’t like to admit we can’t remember, especially as it might seem we didn’t care enough about the person to do so. But we all forget, so a little grace helps.
The truth is, we like when people remember our names because it makes us feel good. We feel valued and happy we’re not just another face in the crowd. This little statement about God calling us by name is extremely comforting. He knows everyone’s name, all the billions on earth now and all those who came before. We’re not just another face, or a number to him, but individuals whom he loves and knows.