Day Three: Who are you? Whose are you?

Isaiah 51:12-13a, 15-16 (NIV)

I, even I, am he who comforts you.
Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
human beings who are but grass,
that you forget the Lord your Maker…

For I am the Lord your God…
I who set the heavens in place,
who laid the foundations of the earth,
and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’

[God] “hears the cry of our hearts, and he is all the answer we need: “I am he who comforts you.” He is able to breathe life into despairing people like us. He admonishes us for being fearfully over-impressed with the human factor in the way reality unfolds… Timidity is the default setting of our minds, but the fear of man is a denial of God.

“True courage comes not from our bravado but from the promises of God. If we have to fend for ourselves, however strong we may be, we are doomed. But if God is watching over us, we can face anything… Isaiah is putting steel into our backbones by arguing that our hope is as secure as the existence of God. This is what God most wants us to grasp:

“I am the Lord your God…
         saying to Zion, ‘you are my people.’”

[Ortlund, Raymond C, Jr. Isaiah: God Saves Sinners.  p. 344-345]

Let’s sing, “The Lord Our God, putting our trust in he who so wonderfully says that he is the Lord our God.

Let’s pray: Lord, forgive me for fearing mere mortals when you are the Lord our God. Help me to remember you, the Lord my Maker, in each step I take today.

– BR

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