Isaiah 43:1 ——- But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
God is not just some mighty ruler who looks down at earth and sees a bunch of nameless people running around. He knows each one of us by name.
God knows our troubles and our happiness. He made each one of us special, and He wants to have a personal relationship with each of us.
The question of whether God loves us – personally and individually – is common. Surrounded by the conditional love of finite humanity, we cannot easily comprehend that God would love us. We know our faults. We know that God is perfect and sinless. We know that we are not. Why would God, who is infinite and holy, love us, who are finite and sinful? And yet the great truth of the gospel is that He does! Time and again, Scripture reminds us of God’s love for us.
Perhaps the greatest picture of God’s love is Jesus’ passion and crucifixion. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.
Isaiah 43:2 —- When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.
How often have you felt you have nowhere to belong? Over and over God tells us, “You belong to Me.”
The very God who created says, “I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
If you have felt as if the rivers of life will sweep you away remember that God says not only will you pass through them, but He will be with you during that time.
Have you walked through the fires of life – when family problems escalate? How easy it would be to give in! Yet, God says, “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned.”
We know that there will be times it will feel as if we will be swept away by the torrents of problems in our lives. We know that there will be times of fiery trials. And the above scripture tells us plainly that God will be with us when we face these trials.
Today, God has given us His Word to hold on to. Yes, difficult times will occur – It’s called life. But the one who created us and summons us by name openly declares that we are His. He tells us, “Fear not.”
He promises to walk with us through each and every thing that can assault our lives.
I encourage you to hold on to Him.
You see, He is already holding on to you.
“There will always be someone willing to hurt you, put you down and gossip about you. It is a fact that we all must face. However, if you realize that God is a best friend that stands beside you when others cast stones you will never be afraid, never feel worthless and never feel alone.”