May 29, 2017

We Are Not Alone

I don’t know what you’re going through right now. I don’t know what difficulties you’re wading through, what trials are flooding over your head and threatening to pull your feet out from under you. I don’t know the flame of testing you are being led through. But this I know: you are not alone.

This I know, for this is what our Heavenly Father promises us in His Word. We are never alone. He is always with us; He will never forsake us or leave us to falter in our own frail weakness. He will never stop leading us; it is only that we stop following. We stop looking for His direction and try to find our own way. We try to walk on the shifting sands of trouble, only to sink to our knees. We flounder in the waves of discouragement and fear. We shrink from the hard rains of uncertainty.

But He is there, still, waiting for us to turn back to Him. Waiting for our eyes to meet His, for our hands to reach out toward His own. He is there, always. He crafted you in love. He fashioned you after His very self. He would not leave you, His beloved creation, to falter on your own.

He offers His strength to carry you. He offers His light to lead you, to direct your steps. He upholds you, so that you will not be utterly cast down. He offers His peace and joy, His beauty, to fill your heart even to the point of overflowing. He offers Himself, in all His glory and greatness, to you. Because He loves you with an everlasting love, which cannot be quenched or drowned or bought with money. He loves you, for He created you. And He is with you, always.

“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. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

Be not afraid, for I have redeemed you.
Be not afraid, I’ve called you by name.
My love for you is everlasting.
My love for you shall have no end.

When you pass through the waters,
I will surround you.
When you pass through the floods,
They will not sweep o’er.
When you walk through the fire,
You will not be consumed.
You are my child, you are my child,
You are so precious to me.

(Isaiah 43:1-7; words to Be Not Afraid, based on the same passage)