Today you should read: Isaiah 43
We know that our God has many characteristics; just, merciful, omniscient, loving… the list could go on forever. In Isaiah 43, God demonstrates His great love for Israel through the promise of redemption. We see in verse 2:
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.
The imagery of water and fire are traditionally symbolic of testing, specifically, a holistic testing. God promised that He would be with the children of Israel, even through the hardest trials.
This promise of redemption was available to Israel despite their sinful condition. They did not honor the Lord with sacrifices or the worship He was due. Instead, they wearied Him with their sins and faults and shortcomings. Even in light of all God had done for the Israelites, all of the miraculous things, from the Exodus, through the wilderness, conquering countless kings and kingdoms, they “grew tired” of the Lord. But God’s incredible grace shined through, extending to us today through Jesus. He is the ultimate sacrifice, His blood blots out our sins if we simply confess that He is Lord and believe God raised Him from the dead.
Live with abundant joy today, knowing that the God you serve has promised never to leave you or forsake you; He is with you always.
Posted by: Alex Boswell, Richmond Worship Intern