Identity Crisis

Doug Story

"But now, this is what the Lord says he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."  Isaiah 43:1-3

It is amazing how we live in a world that is always trying to recreate our identity.  It seems like from an early age we are constantly trying to figure out who we are going to be.  Are you going to be the funny kid in class or the smart kid?  The fast kid or the friendly kid a recess?  When we go to school or college it is with the hopes, desires, and dreams of becoming someone when we graduate.  Maybe a dentist, maybe a doctor, or maybe a teacher.  Then you go to the store or you watch television and you are told that you need to be cool like a movie star, rich like the music star, thin, pretty, buff, passionate, funny, smart, and all with the latest gizmo device.  It seems that our identity is constantly in flux.  Lucky for us, God has a great way of reminding us of who we really are.  We are His.

In Isaiah 43, God states who we really are and what we mean to Him.  He reminds us that we have nothing to fear because we are His.  We have been redeemed, cleansed, made new, brought from death to life by the blood of Jesus. God has called us by name and we are His.  He is with us.  In good times, in bad times, in hard times, in peaceful times WE ARE HIS. I n Him we have strength, confidence, peace, and hope.  In Him we have eternal life, an eternal Father who loved us so much that He gave us His Son Jesus to die for our sins.

It is good to know who you are in Christ.  It is great to know that the God in heaven, the one true eternal, all-powerful God, who put the stars in the sky is with you, behind you, and beneath you.  You are His.  This is who you are.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being our gracious God who loves us.  Thank you for giving us an identity in You.  Help us to focus on that identity first and foremost as we live our lives.  Help us to be a reflection of You to the world around us.

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