Isaiah 43:1-2 (NIV)
1 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.
2 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 through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isaiah 43:1-2 is spoken to the people of Israel who have experienced exile from the homeland. They now live as aliens and strangers in a foreign land. It is difficult to imagine the kinds of fears and difficulties they must have faced as they tried to remain faithful to the Lord.
Yet what they found was that God was pursuing them the entire time! In fact, he was reminding them of the story of his faithfulness throughout their history – redemption from slavery, crossing the Red Sea into freedom, and much more. But the most important promise the Lord made was that he would be with them through everything.
- Have you ever experienced that feeling that you are a “stranger in a foreign land?”
- What kinds of thoughts went through your mind?
The amazing truth is that we are protected from the burning fires of this world by the fire of the Lord. Let’s worship to the song “Here Again” (click here), performed by Jesus Culture.