“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 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. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
In order to dig in deeper and really understand this scripture, we gotta go back in scripture to understand the circumstances. If we read just before this in Isaiah 42:18-19, we discover God’s people were deaf & blind. What hope did they have? They didn’t need someone to cheer them up or give them a pep talk…. NO! They needed salvation! They needed someone outside themselves to come save them. In Isaiah 43, God speaks to this same deaf & blind people with a series of truths and promises that give us a greater understanding of God and the trust that we can place in Him.
The God Who Redeems & Calls
God speaks to Israel and calls them to remember two things he had already done: he had redeemed them and had called them. He redeemed through deliverance. Deliverance in the old testament is referring to freedom from captivity, such as God delivering Israel from Egypt. Not only did God redeem His people, but He called them. This calling wasn’t vague, but specific in that He called them by name! They were His children; they had a home and a Father in God. In our fear, it is crucial that we learn to discipline ourselves to remember WE ARE HIS CHILDREN. Are you fearful? Remember who God is and thing things He’s done for YOU, SPECIFICALLY!
The God Who Leads Through Waters, Rivers, Fire & Flame
The last verse is a reminder- pointing us to the past. It contains a promise for the future – for His people. The promise is not one of smooth sailing waters and deliverance out of trials, but rather of God’s faithful presence in the midst of madness and what feels like complete chaos. We are never promised an easy life, but we are promised His presence. REMEMBER: When it feels like the crap has hit the fan, ((including when we feel the tough love of God)) He is with you! He is fighting battles for you that you may not even see happening! Going through waters, rivers, fire, or flame? You are not alone. Be comforted in the Promise of His presence!
The God Who Saves
How do we know that God will be with us, or that He is with us RIGHT NOW, in the middle of the crap hittin’ the fan? ((OH COME ON, LIFE IS HARD SOMETIMES!) Verse 3 teaches us that God works our salvation out of who He is. Who is He? He is the Lord our God, the Holy One, our SAVIOR! He is mighty, He is set apart, and He is THE Savior. Where other gods have no power to rescue, OUR God can not only save, but He is a Savior.
This verse gives us 3 TRUTHS that we can rejoice in!!!! Not only should we remember God’s past deliverance (verse 1), His present presence (verse 2), but also His eternal character (verse 3). He is not just a Savior, but He is our Savior. He is with you through it all! Through every hardship, He hears every cry! The more you listen to His voice, the more you will begin to hear and recognize Him! Lift up your head, sweet friend. Give this battle to HIM!