A daily, Bible-based perspective of hope, encouragement and exhortation.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Brooksyne passed this farm view yesterday. It looks like all the large pumpkins are now gone leaving only the ornamental ones to pick from.
"Jesus Knows Me This I Love"
Message summary: Thank God today I can declare, "Jesus Knows Me This I Love". And so can each of you!
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"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you" (Jeremiah 1:5). "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! (Isaiah 43:1). "The Lord knows those who are His" (2 Timothy 2:19).
Jesus loves me! this I know, for the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.
We serve as chaplains at Audrey's, a wholesale distributor of gift and home decor items, as many of our readers probably remember from previous posts. Tuesday morning during my visit, while Brooksyne was on her way back from Colorado, I saw a plaque that caught my attention. It is based on the words of "Jesus Loves Me", a song most all of us know well and have sung since we were children. Although it is considered a children's song it really conveys a message for all ages.
However, as I read the plaque the words were wrong, or so I initially thought. Instead of "Jesus Loves Me This I Know" it has "Jesus Knows Me This I Love". But after musing on the statement I realized it wasn't a mistake but a creative way to express a wonderful, reassuring truth.
Our first daily verse is a word from God specifically to the prophet Jeremiah but it's a truth in which we can find great assurance.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you" (Jeremiah 1:5).
"I formed you in the womb." It was God who formed us in our mother's womb. Of course I am not discounting biological reality either for Jeremiah or anyone else but we realize Scripturally that God has a major role in forming us from the moment of our conception. This is a powerful truth to consider in light of abortion "rights". Children who are formed by God are terminated while still developing in their womb.
"I knew you." What a blessing that God knows us! God knew us "before" He formed us. That is incomprehensible but based on the divine attribute of omniscience it is entirely logical. As David said in Psalm 139:6, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it."
Driving along I-70 through Colorado last Friday Brooksyne passed an interesting road sign identifying a small town called "No Name". You would think they could come up with something better than that!
Aren't you glad you have a name? Sometimes parents name their children before they are born, other times at birth. Can you imagine the indignity of having parents too lazy or uninterested in giving their child a name?
Those of us blessed to come from families with committed, loving parents can hardly imagine this. Although in our case both sets of our parents have been with the Lord for many years, as we reflect on our remembrances of them, we both miss hearing their distinct voice calling us by the name they chose for us.
Yet the vast majority of children murdered through abortion are not named.
Matthew Habiger, well-known among pro-life advocates and activists for his work with Human Life International, is enthusiastic about this opportunity to restore human dignity: "When you give a name to an aborted child, then you remove it from the trash heap of oblivion, and restore a token of human dignity to that child. When you do this publicly, then you are helping to reform the values of the current culture. This is a commendable effort, another way to soften hardened attitudes, and to melt frozen hearts."
But we all, including aborted children, have a loving heavenly Father who knows our name. He knows us and He knows our name. Note that phrase in our second daily text, "I have called you by name, you are mine".
I belong to God today and indeed He knows my name! And that's true for each one of you as well. Today, in the midst of any frustrations, disappointments, rejection, fears, discouragement or doubts you may entertain, I urge you to focus on the One who truly knows your name, who loves and cares for you.
Indeed we can declare: "Jesus knows me, this I love"
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Brooksyne's Note: I wonder how many of you prefer an individual to call you by, "Hey, you!" or "Hey, buddy", etc. I like to learn people's names so that I can greet them by name, though admittedly, as I age I get a lapse of memory of even those people that I've known for years. My heart is warmed when someone calls me by name, especially one I've recently met. Having a name like Brooksyne (Brook seen') is very unusual and when I introduce myself I usually take time to explain its origin and give a tip, "Just think of a scene of a brook and turn it around to say "Brook scene". Forty-two years ago I met a woman in Northern Pennsylvania who told me that's how she taught herself to remember my name, and I've borrowed her clever idea ever since.
I say all that to say this: likely one who calls us by name has taken time to get to know us, first by remembering our name. God, who has created all humankind, knows us by our name and He certainly knows who we are, not only what we present to others but He knows the very intent of our heart and that is the very thing we often hide from others. Yet God knows us by name and He calls us His own; "I have called you by name, you are mine."
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"I Know That Jesus Loves Me" Video Collingsworth Family Outstanding, "rediscovered" hymn by Fanny Crosby
"Jesus Loves Me" Video Chris Tomlin
We see a lot of interesting sights in the course of our chaplaincy visits.
In this photo Emilio is making parts for the Val-Co company.
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