"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine." Isaiah 43:1
There are comparatively few true atheists in our day. Nearly everyone believes that there is a God. But there are many practical atheists -- people who live without God or as if there were no God.
God, we Christians believe, is an intensely personal God, deeply and vitally involved in everything that happens in our life. So deeply personal is God's involvement that even the very hairs of our head are all numbered.
This means that whatever might befall us today -- the illness, the bereavement, the trouble, the accident, the promotion, the salary raise -- is much more than merely a result of chance. God not only knows what is happening but also is concerned about it. He has a vital stake in our entire life.
You see, He has redeemed us. So intensely warm and personal is His relationship to us that He even has called us by our name. He lives in our home. He is at our side. He is with us really, personally, the very moment when we need Him most. That is why Jesus came to earth, when we were lost in sin and dead to God, to redeem us so that by faith in His atoning blood we might be saved. Today He calls us: Come and be healed.
PRAYER: Lord, help me respond with a thankful and grateful heart to Your love and involvement in my life. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise, copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials call 1-800-325-3040.)
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