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Isaiah 43 reads as a declaration of love from God to his people. I think the best way to appreciate this passage is to read it slowly and meditatively.
Today, we will examine it a verse at a time and point out God’s abundant love for us.
We Belong to God
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. (Isaiah 43.1)
— Created – No person is simply a product of biology. No human is an accident. God created us with an intention and a purpose.
— Formed – Paul wrote, “My little children, for whom I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 4.19).
God’s loving intention for us to be formed into the image of Jesus. He wants us to know the joy of the kind of relationship that is present between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
— Redeemed – Family members take care of each other. This definition is overly simplistic, but it conveys another dimension of God’s love for us.
— Called by name – God has the capacity to know our names, dreams, disappoints, and much more.
Praise God that we belong to him. That is the truth of God’s loving character.
Suffering people may have difficulty with the next two verses. In their pain, they may wonder about God’s care.
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. (Isaiah 43.2-3)
When the wife of C. S. Lewis died, this great Christian servant almost abandoned his faith. In the raw moments of Lewis’s grief, he may have struggled with the promise of these verses.
What Lewis did is instructive. He stayed in a relationship with God, even though his heart was broken. In time, God brought him comfort and a measure of understanding.
If we stay with God through the trials of life, we will experience God’s presence and provision.
Valuable to God
Let’s let the truths of the next verses sink into our minds.
Because you are precious in my sight,
and honored, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
nations in exchange for your life. (Isaiah 43.4)
This is how God feels about us.
— We are precious to him.
— He honors us.
— He loves us.
When we wonder if we are valuable or worthwhile, we can apply these verses to our lives. This is how the greatest Being of All feels about us.
Do not fear, for I am with you . . .
Everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made. (Isaiah 43.5, 7)
Imagine a picture frame. Verses 1 and 7 form a frame around this beautiful description of God’s love for us.
Since these powerful words are repeated for emphasis, we should take them to heart and rejoice in God’s goodness.
About This Blog
Rudy Ross and I produce a daily video of these blog articles on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. Rudy is Jewish, a Christian, and an excellent Bible student. The videos present insights from a dialogue with the two of us.
I am indebted to Dr. John Oswalt, who has written an excellent two-volume commentary on Isaiah for insights into the Book of Isaiah.
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