As we start the first working day of the new year, we need to remember who we are: “I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Or more importantly than who we are – we must remember whose we are: “you are mine.” The fact that we belong to God should give us confidence to face the challenges of every day, for we belong to the Holy One of Israel, who is our Saviour. Praise be to God. So even when we have to walk through the raging flood waters, or fiery trials,we will not fear, for the Lord says, “I will be with you.”
This scripture passage in Isaiah tells us not to fear, for three good reasons:
- "I have redeemed you": God has redeemed us from sin and slavery. We are no longer under the rule of darkness but the rule of light, for He has delivered us out of darkness into his light. So, we do not walk in darkness as people of the world but we walk in the light of God through His Holy Spirit. We do not need to be afraid because we have the light of God's Word and guidance of His Spirit as we walk through the waters and the fires.
- "I have called you by name": God has not only redeemed us, He knows us by name. He does not know us as a mass of people but individually. He calls us by name and deals with us as though there is no one else in this Universe. God will not forget us for He keeps us in the palm of his hand. So he knows our individual struggles as we go through the trials in the coming days.
- "you are mine": We have the security that we long to God no matter what may happen to us in the future. Whether we live or die, we are Christ's and Christ is God's: "For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's" (1 Cor 3:21-23). Because we belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God, we have everything that Christ has. We are already His!
As we launch out today, may this song resounds in our ears: "Fear not, for I am with you!” (https://youtu.be/McLO2iZcbKo)
Father, we thank You for Your promise that You will be with us as we walk through the waters and fires because we belong to you. Thank You Jesus, for we know who we are and we know whose we are in Christ. Amen.