Isaiah 43

Isaiah 43 is a favorite chapter for me.  It contains the promise God gave me when I was praying for guidance around marriage, and was trying to find His will.  Verses 18-19 became His Word to me as I sought His direction.  “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert”.  It was at a time in my life that I felt God was leading me in a new direction, and one that meant marrying the love of my life and starting life and a family together.  These verses were a blessing then, and continue to bless me today as I live in the blessing of that direction He gave me clearly 36 years ago.

But the chapter has far more in the way of promise.  God begins by telling us how much He loves and will pursue us.  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 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”.  What an amazing promise.  God calls us.  He is with us.  He will not let us be overwhelmed.  And He will redeem us.  We belong to Him.

He goes on to tell us more.  “You are my witnesses and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He….I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior”.  God has called us to know and believe and understand.   And from that relationship, we should be witnesses to His love and faithfulness and let the world know.  We are to serve Him as a chosen servant.  He is Lord.  And He alone is Savior.  There is no other way to eternal life except through Him. Jesus said it many ways in Scripture, but Isaiah makes it abundantly clear here.  Jesus is the way, the only way, to eternal life.

Why?  Because we have a sin problem.  “You have burdened me with your sins; you have wearied me with your iniquities.  I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins”.  Sin is a big issue.  It separates us from God.  And without a Savior we have no hope of eternity with Him.  But Jesus came to blot out sin.  He came to set us free and take on our transgressions on the Cross.  He came to make us white as snow so our sin would not be remembered.  It requires a relationship with the Savior.  But when we give Him our life, when we make Him Savior and Lord, we experience the greatest gift of all time.  Freedom from our sin.  Eternity with the Father.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

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