What an unsettling time to live! Maybe that’s why I found Isaiah 43:1 particularly reassuring.
“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 NIV)
You, Lord God, are speaking through Isaiah to Israel in this verse, and You also speak to me. You have created me. You formed me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). You redeemed me from the bondage of sin and self with the blood of Jesus.
I think of lines from hymns I used to sing in church: “Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me. He has redeemed me, and I am His child” (“Under His Wings”-William O. Cushing). “Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the lamb, redeemed by His infinite mercy—His child and forever I am”(“Redeemed”-Fanny Crosby).
Having made me, You know me completely. With Your infinite knowledge, You even know my name! (“…He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”—John 10:3 NIV)
What a comfort to remember these things when I feel unsteady or fearful!
After a particularly disappointing experience, I asked God if He would please help me feel valued and treasured. I believe He answered with the parables that came to mind: The shepherd with the hundred sheep left the 99 who were safe to find the one that was lost. The woman with 9 coins in her pocket searched everywhere for a 10th coin which was missing.
I was like the lost sheep and the missing coin. God sent Jesus, His only begotten Son for me (and for anyone who receives Him). What a price Jesus paid so I could have fellowship with the Father! How much more treasured and valuable could I be?
“Through each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.” [Psalm 42:8 New Living Translation (NLT)]
When the night of depression surrounds me,
And my hope melts down in despair,
And I feel abandoned and lonely,
And it seems there is no one to care,
Then I look up to You, Jesus,
And see in You a great light.
I rest in Your arms gracious Savior
And know it will all be all right.
For You help with each trial, each sorrow,
And lift away my heavy load.
You’re here for each day and tomorrow,
And together we travel life’s road.
“But the Lord will redeem those who serve him. Everyone who trusts in him will be freely pardoned.” (Psalm 34:22 NLT)
When I remember my failures, I can remember that God freely pardons all those who trust in Him.
Copyright by Tricia Opitz 5/3/10