"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine." Isaiah 43:1
How often we live in fear of perils! Automobile accidents, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, house fires, robbery, and the list goes on. Israel faced many perils as well, partly from foreign nations who threatened destruction. The individual traveler took life in his own hands by venturing forth on a journey to cross rivers and climb mountains.
Isaiah offers God’s promises to a repentant people who look to the promised Messiah for salvation and deliverance. His words also provide real comfort to us as baptized Christians living each day for the Savior who paid for our sins. Let these vivid words of Isaiah strengthen you for the day: “Fear not, 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 walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:1-3).
Promises in peril. God’s promises, clearly stated in His Word, promises for the New Testament church as well as Israel, promises for you as an individual child of God. Redeemed, called by name, we belong to Him, now in the midst of our trials and forever in heaven. Thank God for His powerful promises.
PRAYER: Thank You Lord God, for promising to be with me at all times so that I may not fear in times of peril. Amen.
(Devotions from “My Daily Devotion” by Dr. Stephen J. Carter, copyright 1988 CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. For ordering information, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit www.cph.org.)