But now, this is what the LORD says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, 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 though 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 NIV
calls his/her own people by name. Isn’t that a wonderful thing? Yes, I know this passage was written about the Israelites thousands of years ago, but Christian theology as taught by the Apostle Paul believes that we are Abraham’s children because we are included in Christ. That makes me part of the people addressed in this passage. Isn’t that wonderful?
redeems his/her own people who are disobedient and have destroyed their lives.
saves his/her own people from deadly circumstances. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
am called by name by the most powerful force in the universe. You know this force is swirling around me right now. This force is in this room with me. Better yet, this force is in me, empowering me, upholding me, giving me lasting strength, healing me, loving me, enjoying me. How incredible is that?
redeemed from all my mistakes! I am real grateful for that. You know every now and then I do a pretty good job of destroying my life and the lives of others, but God has a way of really turning things around. I am really grateful for that! I get to choose life! That is incredible.
saved from death. I get to walk on water. I get to live through the fiery furnace. I can hear the Hallelujah Chorus in my heart right now. Victory in Jesus! my Savior forever!