How often do you mess up? I mean, royally fall flat on your bum kind of messing up. Last year? Last week? Yesterday? For me it was just a few minutes ago. This life is far from perfect and I mess up and fail God daily. Does that disqualify me from serving Him? Is my salvation in question because I still sin? These are all questions I’ve wrestled with and I bet you have too. Today you will see that you can Be Still in knowing that God redeems you and calls you by name.
We are looking 13 Promises of God to help us overcome fear and be still. Did you find this mid-series? We are in a 40-day Fast to learn how to be still and know God. Go back here and read the intro and keep up with series.
Isaiah 43:1 But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!
The Context of Isaiah 43:1
Israel is in captivity. Hopeless. Living among people whose one desire is to strip away their identity and assimilate them into their own pagan culture. Sounds like our world today doesn’t it?
Some things to know before we begin about the context:
- Israel had ignored all God’s loving warnings and are now living with real consequences.
- Their sin does not negate God’s love and Promises.
- God didn’t give up on them and move onto another people group.
- What is God’s cannot be taken out of God’s hands
This passage is prophetic of a return and redemption from the Babylonian captivity but has reaching implications to Jesus Christ coming and God’s redemption of all those who believe.
Observations from Isaiah 43:1
Have you heard the phrase I am redeemed before? Let’s look at what it means.
What does Redeemed mean in Hebrew?
Ga’al means to be purchased, ransomed from slavery and it is used over 100 times in the Old Testament (see them all here)
The Israelites had been captive and in slavery, many times and God redeemed them, ransomed them, purchased them back to Himself Every Single Time!
That’s nice, but I am not a slave, how does this relate?
What is a slave? A person who is forced to obey a master.
I have been a slave to sin most of my life. Have you?
There are certain sins that just never leave me alone. When they come calling I struggle not to obey.
I am a slave to sin. Are you?
The good news is God redeems all things!
All things that are His can be redeemed. You see, God sent His son to pay the price to purchase, ransom, redeem you from that sin that holds you enslaved.
He paid the price to redeem us all!
For God so loved the whole world (every single person who has, is or will ever live) that He sent His Only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish (die and spend eternity in hell as the consequence of sin) but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 paraphrased)
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Application of Isaiah 43:1
God says “I have called you by name”
When someone calls me by my name it implies I know them, they know me, we are in a relationship! God calls you by name. God longs for a real relationship with you and God knows you by name.
If we dig further we see some wildly intimate statements from God toward you
Thus says the LORD, your Creator, who formed you… We could rephrase that to say” “I have called you by name from the very beginning”.
- The Lord loved us First! Romans 5:8
- God says You are my beloved! Deuteronomy 33:12
- God Chose You! Colossians 3:12-13
- The Lord takes pleasure in you – Psalm 149:4
- God delights in you Psalm 18:19
- The Lord blesses you Deuteronomy 7:9
Not only does God say fear not for I am with you He says and you are Mine!
You have been redeemed, called by name and claimed by the God of the Universe!
Because you are God’s He promises to help you, strengthen you and protect you in hard times!
We see that in the rest of Isaiah 43. Look at these amazing fantastic promises God makes.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
Israel would have understood those promises as literal!
Final Thoughts on Isaiah 43:1
Yes, God knows me by name and Makes promises I can claim in real trials!
Remember how God took the Israelite’s through the red sea. They literally passed through waters and rivers that did not overflow to drown them.
Do you feel like you are drowning in troubles?
Lean into God, Trust Him, Be Still and do not fear because He can protect you from drowning in the waters of life.
The Israelite’s would have all heard about the situation with Shadrach Meshach and Abednego. We might call it the story of the Fiery Furnace, but it was not just some story to teach a moral to Israel. This was History and as it made news, Israel was once again reminded that obedience to God brings blessing and protection.
Those young men passed through the fire but it didn’t burn them or even leave the smell of fire on them! God was with them in the furnace. God is always with us.
Are you in a difficult season?
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I could go on and on about this chapter, but our time is short so I will leave you with a prayer.
A Prayer to Be still and Know that God redeems you and calls you by name
Thank you for calling me by name, for choosing me, for redeeming my mess. Lord, you say to not fear, to not even call to mind the past mistakes. “You will do a new thing” You promise. Today I surrender to Your plan, Your way, Your time and trust that even in the fires of this season You are with me. Help me hear Your voice calling me by name through it all and I will praise Your holy name!