One of the things that we preachers try to do is share, present, and interpret scripture in a way that helps you. I want this daily reflection of scripture to a be a help to your day, an encouragement, a challenge. I want it to be something that will enable you to know God’s love for you and to feel the challenge to go out and live in His grace.
So, sometimes I tell I story. Sometimes I try to relate it to your (or my) life. Sometimes I just talk about what it means to me.
Today, through, this reading is one of my favorites, and one of the most powerful in scripture. So, I ask you right now to stop and listen. Stop what you are doing (unless you are driving) and listen. Listen to what Isaiah 43 says:
But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
God created you. He formed you. You are His. He loves you.
Today, no matter where you are in your faith, whether you are where you need to be, whether you are walking daily with Him, or whether you have drifted. Maybe you are just starting to come back to faith. Maybe you’ve never had faith before at any point in your life.
No matter where you are – know this. God formed you. You are made in His image. And He loves you. He sent His son to redeem you. And if wants to know you. He wants a relationship with you. He wants to carry you.
He formed you.
And He wants you to trust in His strength and provision today. So that when you pass through the fire and the water, you will be ok.
Not if you pass through them. When you pass through them. There will be fire. There will be water. We will go through trials in this life.
When we cling to the one that formed us we know we will be ok. He will be with us. He will uphold us. He will strength us.
Today, know that God has formed you. You are His.
Today, trust in Him. Trust in His strength. His might. His power. His comfort. His grace.
Fear not. He has redeemed you. You are His. Today, may we trust in Him, in all things.