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“But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’”

Isaiah 43:1

 I recently spent an afternoon in an urgent care facility and was amazed at how many people came in and went out. There were people of different ages, races, and stature, all waiting to be acknowledged and helped. As I thought about the myriad of broken lives and hurting souls in the world just trying to survive another day, my heart was drawn to Isaiah 43.

God’s words through Isaiah remind us that God’s children are “precious and honored” in His sight, and He loves us (v. 4). Although we have done nothing to merit His love and grace, God lavishes it freely on us—costly though it was to Him. He is the one true Savior (v. 11), humbly demonstrating His love on the bloody cross of Calvary. He calls His children by name, declaring them to be His very own!

God’s Word is filled with precious promises offering hope and assurance for lonely, desperate, weary souls. Christ did not come simply to “acknowledge” us. Those who trust in Him are more than acknowledged; we’re redeemed by His saving blood, and we belong to Him!




Scripture Focus

Isaiah 43:1-13

Insight

When you feel alone passing through the waters or walking through the fire, remember God’s promise that the Holy One of Israel is with you!

Bible In A Year

  • Jeremiah 23-24
  • Psalm 115
  • 1 Corinthians 5-6