Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:1-13
“But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
My favorite chapter in the Old Testament is Isaiah 43. The words of this chapter have brought great comfort and hope to me, especially during the valley experiences of my life. I often quote verses from this chapter to myself when I am down. This week we will focus on the wonderful truths that God has revealed to us in the first half of Isaiah 43.
The chapter begins by reminding us what God has done for us. He created us and He redeemed us. God has a double claim on our lives — we were made by Him and we were purchased by Him — “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price” (I Corinthians 6:19b,20a).
God created each of us in a unique fashion — “For you formed my inward parts, You knitted me together in my mother’s womb, I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:13,14). We were fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator. He made us just the way He wanted us to be. We praise Him for His wonderful works!
But because of sin, we were born with a rebellious nature. We were separated from Him and were spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-3). Because of this, God had to redeem us; He had to purchase us. The 53rd chapter of Isaiah tells us God’s plan to redeem us through the Messiah — “But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:5,6).
God paid a tremendous price to redeem us — “knowing that you were redeemed from your futile ways inherited from you forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (I Peter 1:18,19). It was God’s great love for us that motivated Him to purchase us — “But God shows His love for us in that while we were sill sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
When you get down on your self, remember what God has done for you. He created you and He redeemed you Never forget how valuable you are to Him. We are loved and accepted by our heavenly Father, who made us and redeemed us to be His own.
Heavenly Father, You are my Creator. You made me just the way You wanted me to be. I am fearfully and wonderfully made by You. While I was in bondage to sin, You demonstrated Your love for me by sending Jesus to suffer and die in my place. He paid for me with His precious blood. Forgive me when I get down on myself, when I don’t feel valued. I know how much You value me in spite of the fact that there is nothing in me to cause You to value me. It is all Your grace!
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