The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 44:1
But now listen, O Jacob
(Today, we are the "Jacob" the Lord is calling.
Our own name should be inserted here.
Today, the Lord calls out to us.
And He tells us we need to listen to Him.
When the God of the universe, the God Who created us
speaks to us, we should listen.)
My servant, Israel
(Again, today we are the "Israel" to whom the Lord is calling.
Our own name should be inserted here.
He calls each one of us His servant, and He calls us by name.
As His servants, His trusted envoys and stewards,
we are called to serve the Lord.)
whom I have chosen
(The verb chosen in the original Hebrew
means to prove genuine, to distinguish, and to choose to like.
The Great Lord and God Almighty has chosen to prove us genuine—
to distinguish us from all others who do not accept
His divine offer of adoption as His Own children,
to set us apart, to show partiality to us,
to sift and refine and purify us, to mature us,
to choose not only to love us and have affection for us,
but also, amazingly, to like us.
Today, as He calls us, this is the message

He wants us to hear from Him,
that He has chosen us in the most complete sense of the word!)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ’s love,


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