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Today’s Truth

When Jesus saw her, He called her forward and said to her, ‘Woman, you are set free from your infirmity’ 

Luke 13:12

Friend to Friend

Have you ever wondered if God even knows your name? Have you doubted His awareness or even His concern about what you are going through? Have there been times when you felt totally alone and worthless? I have. I can relate to the woman described in Luke 13. Oh, our problems may not be exactly the same, but the feelings and emotions are – and so is the answer.

Jesus knew this woman. He knew she had been sick for 18 long years and that she had tried everything to be healed. He knew – but He looked past her pain and saw who she really was, and all she was created to be. He could have called her by name, but instead He said, “Woman.” Jesus included her whole identity in that name; everything she was at that moment, everything she had been in the past, everything she hoped to be in the future. He knew every detail of her life, and He loved her. And just as He loved this broken woman, He loves you.

Truth: Your identity was established before the world began, in the heart and mind of God.

This woman had been assigned an identity by the relentless illness that plagued her body. Anyone who knew her identified her by that illness. Her heart must have been filled with feelings of unworthiness. I imagine she felt unwanted and unloved. She must have felt like a nobody. But when Jesus saw her, He looked at her through different eyes and called her to Himself. With one word from Him, everything changed and would never be the same again. All of a sudden, she was somebody.

There she stood, sick and in pain, to the point that she was completely doubled over. Imagine what she felt when she realized that Jesus was talking to her. He was calling her – an outcast. And when she heard His voice, she heard something she hadn’t heard for a very long time, if ever. She heard the unfamiliar but longed-for voice of love.

Many of us feel unwanted and unloved, but we can be assured that God knows us and loves us just as we are and right where we are, in the midst of our mess and sickness. One of my favorite verses of Scripture is Jeremiah 1:5: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Your identity was established before the world began, in the heart and mind of God. Before you were wanted or not wanted by human hearts, before you were planned or not planned by human minds, you were wanted and planned in the heart and mind of God. Created by God…for God. Wow! That makes you important. You are valuable—and the simple but almost unbelievable reason is that God created you. You can judge a product’s worth and value by looking at the one who made it.

Years ago, I had a garage sale to get rid of our old stuff so we could buy some new stuff. We especially needed a new sofa. Our old one was truly pathetic. I made just enough money from the garage sale to buy a new sofa, and headed for the furniture outlet. I walked in with a certain amount of money to spend and a definite idea of what I wanted, so I avoided the salesmen and began my search.

I narrowed the choice down to two sofas. Both were in my price range – cheap – and both would work in my living room. I saw a salesman making a beeline for me, sensing a sale in the air. Before he could say a word, I whirled around and asked, “If I were your wife, which one of these would you tell me to buy?” Without the slightest hesitation he pointed to one of the sofas. Curious, I said, “Why did you choose that one?” He shrugged his shoulders and replied, “Easy. That one is made by a trusted brand name you will recognize and is top quality. The other one is just a cheap imitation. You should always check the label.”

Take a look at your label found in Psalm 139:13-14a: You made my whole being; You formed me in my mother’s body. I praise You because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.

Grab hold of the truth that God knows you, loves you and is for you. And that is all you need to face whatever life brings your way.

Let’s Pray

Father, I want to thank You for loving me just as I am. Right now, I accept Your love as the priceless gift it is. Help me see myself through Your eyes. Teach me to understand the truth that my worth and value rest in You alone – not in the eyes of man. Today, I choose to step out in faith to become the woman You created me to be.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Psalm 139:13-16. How do these verses prove God planned you, chose you and loves you? Record your thoughts in your journal.

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5 Responses to “Jesus Knows You”

  1. Carol says:

    I want to step out in faith to be what God wants me to be.
    Please pray that His path will become clear. Currently I cannot see which way to step out. The faith is clear, the pathway isn’t.

  2. Cynthia says:

    Pray for me please…been remarried for over a year. Really enjoying it but I’ve gotten away from working for the Lord other than bring on 4 prayer line ministries. I havent been working in my church am still tithing and attending on Sunday. I used to be a lot more involved. Feel like I’ve been delivered from to much not to give him everything.

  3. Ruth says:

    Cynthia,

    Congratulations on your recent nuptials. What a blessing!

    I want to encourage you. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Remember that your first ministry is your family and God sees your heart. The first year of marriage can require your undivided attention as you work to cleave to one another. Being present at home is truly important. It might be easier to re-engage in ministry if you find opportunities to serve and be together. Take part of something you both enjoy doing. I believe God’s church is without walls. Serving in your community as a beacon of light for God will also honor God. Opportunities to volunteer in your community may be more convenient. There are many ways to help heal the sick and feed the poor. I wish you the best. God bless you and keep you!

  4. Joy says:

    I believe in the power of prayers and that’s the only I can give. I pray for you Carol and Cynthia. God loves both of you, the shepherds know his sheep.

  5. Godd choice, pick His label.

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