“Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” – Hebrews 11:16
This verse makes me wonder if God thinks the same way about me. Is God ever ashamed to be called my God? Would He ever refer to Himself as “The God of Jim?” Would he ever point to me, as he did to Job, and ask Satan, “Have you considered my servant, Jim?” (Part of me really hopes that conversation never takes place. I’m quite allergic to boils). Would God ever address other Christians and say, “I am not ashamed to be known as the God of Jim. He is a faithful man, and to his credit I declare him righteous”?
It gives me joy to know that I do not need to be perfect, faultless and without error or sin in order for God to find no shame in being my God. I need only believe in God and obey His word to one day hear Him pronounce, “I was not ashamed to say ‘I am the God of Jim.’”
Naturally, when I think this way it means I’m confident God knows my name. It means I am not forgotten, not abandoned, not just an adopted child hoping God will love me as much as He loves His natural children.
Still, I’ve also thought the opposite. You know, the old There must be better children out there who are more deserving of God’s love than I am kind of thinking. Continue Reading