Were your parents excited about your birth? Maybe your answer to that is an obvious “yes.” Maybe you found out at some point growing up that you were unwanted. Maybe you don’t honestly know. Maybe you’ve never met your father or you don’t remember your biological parents.
No matter your circumstance at birth and throughout your life since then, you’ve no doubt experienced the pain of not being chosen or wanted. Maybe one of your siblings was clearly the favorite child, maybe you watched someone else get the final spot on the varsity team or be awarded a job you wanted, or maybe you feel invisible to your own spouse sometimes. It hurts to feel unwanted. Despite those pains, and whether you were born into loving arms that were anxious to hold you or into a situation of regret or disinterest, you were and are wanted by God. Isaiah’s confidence in the Lord’s longing for him is a confidence you can adopt too: “Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name” (Isaiah 49:1).
Whoa. What a cool thought! Before your parents ever laid eyes on you, before they fought over whether to name you John Jr. or Steven, God knew your name and he wanted you as his. In fact, it goes back further than you think. Before God even created the very first parents, he knew you were coming someday and he chose you, specificallyyou, for his team.
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