Hurricanes, floods, drought and wildfires are happening with greater frequency. But God has His own weather report:
Isaiah 43:1-4 New Living Translation
“O Israel (Christian, believer, child of God), the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
4 Others* were given in exchange for you.
I traded their lives* for yours
because you are precious to me.
You are honored, and I love you.“
Isaiah declared this beautiful passage, this message from God, to Israel, when the majority of the population had gone into captivity in Babylon.
For believers today, this is a word of hope, a word of encouragement and a promise from the Lord.
The One who was given in exchange for us is *Jesus.
The One whose life was traded for ours is *Christ.
Never let despair or fear hold you down. Remind yourself of the words and allow them to strengthen your faith: You are honored, loved and precious to God.