224. Fear Not! For I Have Redeemed You

Isaiah 43:1 NKJV But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you…” says the Lord. What a powerful statement. Still, look at what Isaiah and the Lord emphasizes in this verse. Isaiah begins by letting everyone know that the LORD God is about to make a statement. That should be enough for most of us… but he goes on. “Thus says the LORD, who created you… and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you…” In essence Isaiah says I have a message from the Lord to share with you, He wants you to know you don’t have to fear because the God of all creation who formed man and formed you as a people, that He has already redeemed and rescued you. Why does Isaiah feel it necessary to emphasize all these points? Because people forget.

It is amazing how easy it is for people to sing, “God of wonders beyond our galaxy…” or “How great is our God, sing with me how great is our God… Name above all names…” one moment and then quake with terror the next. The problem most people face is whatever they look at, they see. When they look at the Lord through their worship they see Him. When they look at their circumstance they see it. Isaiah is simply trying to remind them that the God who rescued them and redeemed them is THE God of all and He is there with them. He wants them to stay in remembrance and constant awareness that their redeemer is near.

God doesn’t want us bound by fear. After all He is the one who has redeemed us from the fear of death, from which all bondage flows (Hebrews 2:15). Isaiah knew that if the reality the fearless nature of God’s people was going to be known that they had to stay in constant remembrance of His presence with them and His relationship to them.

We must daily remind ourselves of who He is, who we are in Him and that the God who has redeemed us from all fear now lives by His Spirit in each of His children. The difference between Fear and Faith is what you dwell on… the problem or God and His Glorious Word. Take some time to remind yourself right now to who the Lord is. He is creator, redeemer, master, savior, king, etc… and He has told us to Fear Not!

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