“But now, thus says the Lord, your creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!'” Isaiah 43:1
When we meet someone for the first time we often begin the conversation by exchanging titles– “I am single / married” , “I am a brother / sister”, “I am an employee at…” Similarly, during our study we have shared our “titles” saying, “My name is _______ and I work in the entertainment industry as a_____” Despite all of these titles we have for ourselves we continue to ask the question: “Who am I?” McDonald states on Day 1 of our study, “In the end there is nothing we can do to generate a message about ourselves that will satisfy the longing in our hearts” (121). Beyond the pseudo solutions, what’s the answer to our identity question? McDonald continues, “Until we can honestly affirm, ‘I am who God says I am, and that’s all that matters,’ our lives will be restless indeed” (121). The only way I have discovered how not to base my identity on “what I do” or “how I’m doing” is to to secure my identity in God’s character. For example, “Because God is personal, I know I am chosen” and “Because God is faithful, I know I am heard.” Furthermore, when I allow God’s character to define my identity, my attitude is changed and as a result “I can have confidence” and “I can have peace.” These are two truths God is teaching me this week. How about you?
Which of God’s character traits will you base your identity on this week?
How will you allow your new identity to change your attitude as well?