Don't Be Afraid...You're Mine
Read Isaiah 43:1–7
But now, God’s Message,
the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,
the One who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
trade the creation just for you.
“So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.
I’ll round up all your scattered children,
pull them in from east and west.
I’ll send orders north and south:
‘Send them back.
Return my sons from distant lands,
my daughters from faraway places.
I want them back, every last one who bears my name,
every man, woman, and child
Whom I created for my glory,
yes, personally formed and made each one.’”
“Don’t be afraid…You’re mine,” God says. When you hear this, do you, like me, have a little voice that says back: “But there’s a lot to be afraid of here! Don’t you know what happens on this earth?” What do I do with this voice? I ponder what I’m really afraid of—pain, death, loss. Yes, and apparently either I fear those things more than I value the presence of God with me in the midst of them, or I don’t really believe He is with me and that I am safe. So, God says over and over, “I’m with you.”
He’s not leaving you. He’s not turning away. Through Christ, He ran after you and through His Spirit, He still pursues your heart and mind. He formed you personally for His glory. He rescued you from the slavery of sin and the finality of death through Christ. He’s not leaving you. He’s not turning away. He’s not standing at a distance. He’s with you; He’s in you. In Christ and through Christ you belong to God forever. Don’t be afraid. You’re His.
- Reflect on a time in your life when you felt completely safe. Why did you feel that way?
- When you hear God’s words: “Don’t be afraid,” what resistance do you sense? What do you ponder? What are you really afraid of?
- What parts of today’s passage do you need to hold on to during times of fear or worry?
God, thank You for Your presence. I long to value You above all else, especially my fears. I want to live fear free, and to walk boldly in Your love and with confidence that You will never leave me. Help me to believe. Help me when I falter. You are with me. Amen.