This post is part of my series for Write 31 Days (writing on a prompt every day during the month of October). I may not be posting on the blog every day, but you can find an index page where all the posts in the series will be added here. The prompt today is “redeem.”
“But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:1-2 NIV)
There is such comfort in these words, addressed to the people of Israel but applicable to all who trust in Jesus.
God created us and formed us. We didn’t just happen but we were individually, uniquely and lovingly created.
God has redeemed us. Through Jesus he has paid all that is necessary to enable us to draw close to him and to know him.
Why? Because of love, because he wanted to and chose to. It was not done out of any sense of obligation but out of a genuine desire for relationship with us.
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” (Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT)
What’s more, we are secure in him. He has summoned us by name, and we are his. Nothing can snatch us from his hands.
We will face trials. There will be times when it feels like we’re walking through fire or we’re crossing a river that is just too deep, but we are never alone. He is there to help us and strengthen us.
He has redeemed us, and we are his.