July 28, 2022 – Isaiah 43: 1-3 – When

Today we’ll continue with some of your favorites (or the passages you have questions about).  Email (andy@stm-umc.org) or message me with any passages you’d like added or that you have a question about!

Today we are looking at Isaiah 43: 1-3

1 But now thus says the Lord,
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you,
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
    Cush and Seba in exchange for you.

Today we contine in the “comfort passages” of Isaiah.  Chapters 40 and following remind the people of God’s care for them and His great love for them.  Today’s reading is one my favorite passages in all the Bible and I’m really glad someone submitted it. 

I love the imagery here of of the person nature of God, of God’s individual love for each of us. 

He created us, He formed us.  He called us.  We are His.  

When we pass through the waters we are not a longe. When we walk through the first He is with us.  Why? 

Because He is the Lord our God.  He is our Savior. 

I love that image, I love that comfort. And one of the things I love is that it says “when.”  When you pass through water, when you pass through the flames.  Not if you pass.  

When. 

We will have trouble. We will face water and fire. We will face hard times. We will face trials.  When we face them, we are are not alone. God is with us. He will not leave nor forsake us. 

Do not be afraid, do not fear.  He is with us. 

When we face troubles; not if.  We will face them. It will come. You can know that. But you can also know this. When you face them, you are not alone.  He is with you. 

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