December 7th Divine Comfort

Isaiah 43:1-3a

1 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour......

We find some great comfort in these verses penned by the Prophet Isaiah. Although written to the Jews, God’s people, I feel that we can claim the verses as our own if we have received Christ as our Savior. These promises were for God’s own and that includes Christians.

We can take comfort here for many reasons, but let’s focus on 3.

The Lord is our creator. He made us and we are not our own - we are the sheep of His pasture (Ps 100). He made us flesh (like Jacob) and he made us spirit (like Israel). He calls us by name and that makes us special to the Lord as His possession. (Christian) Let that “thou art mine” sink in. We’re property and children of God Almighty! How wonderful. We can heed his command in verse 1 to “Fear Not!“

The Lord is our companion. He said when all kinds of things happen he will be there. That’s a promise. He promises He wI’ll never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Notice He said in the flows, the floods, and the fires of life he will be there. He didn’t say “if” these happen. He said when they happen. We will experience trials but the Lord will be there to help us get through.

The Lord is our converter. One of the ways He comforts is by being our source of conviction over our sin. He shows us we need his forgiveness. When we ask for salvation He comes and lives inside us in the person of the Holy Spirit. Another comfort is knowing the Lord is MY God, and Holy. He will never wrong me or you. Lastly, comfort comes by having Him as my loving Savior. His love is so deep he paid the ransom for even me.

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