He calls you by name

The gospels of Matthew and Luke record the events of angels sent to prepare certain people for the birth of Jesus.

In Luke 1.13, “…the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard…”

In verse 30, “The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.”

In Matthew 1.20, “…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”

There are two common elements in each of these verses, two components that the Lord encourages us to learn throughout the Bible.

The Lord wants you to understand that (1) you should not be afraid and that (2) He knows you by name. Both of these points are made in Isaiah 43…

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine. (Isaiah 43.1)

The Lord knows you personally, thoroughly and He calls you by your name. He has not forgotten you and you are never ignored. His eyes are forever on you. Therefore, the sovereign God of the universe, is overseeing your life at this very moment. Unless you have deliberately sought to live outside of His perfect will, in sin, you have no reason to be afraid. God loves you; He has redeemed you through His Son; He calls you by name; and, if you have trusted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you belong to Him.

May the knowledge of His presence in your life through Jesus Christ bring you complete peace in every area of your life.

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