Today’s verses take us into Isaiah. We actually find our context for this chapter at the end of chapter 42. Isaiah and Jacob decided not to follow God’s ways, and God showed His anger…however, we find in Isaiah 43: 1-7, that didn’t change the love God had for them.
First, the context verses:
Israel Blind and Deaf
18 “Hear, you deaf;look, you blind, and see! 19 Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the Lord? 20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention;your ears are open, but you do not listen.” 21 It pleased the Lord for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious. 22 But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them; they have been made loot, with no one to say, “Send them back.”
23 Which of you will listen to this or pay close attention in time to come? 24 Who handed Jacob over to become loot, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned? For they would not follow his ways; they did not obey his law. 25 So he poured out on them his burning anger, the violence of war. It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand; it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart. ~Isaiah 42:18-25
And now today’s scripture showing how unshakable God’s love is! Although our focus is just verses 1 and 4, we shouldn’t disregard what the others verse have to say in this passage. Let’s look at what our reading was for today, verses 1-7.
Israel’s Only Savior
43 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.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.” (NIV; emphasis added)
Here, we see first hand the wrath that God can show. But in that same breath, we can see the love God has for us, and how nothing we do can take that love away from us. God tells us not to be afraid, do not fear, for He has called us by name! And God reminds us how precious we are to Him. I love the reminder that verse 7 has for us…we are created for His glory, whom He formed and made! I am made by God!
For me, it’s the realization and belief that I am made in God’s image, and for His glory! Therefore everything I do should be pleasing to God. And I should stop worrying about what others think of me because no one will ever love me like God does! And I don’t need the approval of others…ever, because the only approval that will ever matter is that from my Creator. And knowing that His love for me is never-ending, I have nothing to ever worry about when it comes to His love.
Lord, what a gift Your love is to me. Thank you so much for the unconditional love You give to me. Knowing that I am made for Your glory and honor. Help me to push aside all the fear and all the doubt and only feel Your love washing over me. Help me to never doubt who I belong to…for I am forever Yours! In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.