Fear not!!

Fear not *clap* *clap* *clap* for I am with you

Fear not *clap* *clap* *clap* for I am with you

Fear not *clap* *clap* *clap* for I am with you

Says the Lord.

How can you read Isaiah 43 and not have that classic 80s song rattle through your head? There is so much beauty and comfort in this passage. He has called you by name… you are his…. He will be with you… Because you are precious in his eyes and honoured… he loves you. That’s pretty personal stuff. He owns us – as creator and redeemer – and loves us. What a wonderful thing.

It’s an attractive prospect to focus on this part of the passage because it’s all about us. But God’s redemptive story is much bigger than us. We are commissioned to be his witnesses to show God’s work to others and point them to the one and only saviour.

Side note: There is a nice trinity moment in here as well with the emphasis on there being no other Gods with the LORD (Yahweh) saying he is the Saviour. We know Jesus is clearly our saviour and there is no other saviour beside the LORD then Jesus must be LORD.

I digress. Yes. God’s story involves us but it’s not all about us – in verse 21 “they shall declare My praise”. This is one of the key purposes we are created for – to declare our praise for God, to give him glory and honour.

We see God’s love as well in Mark 1:9-15. At the baptism of Jesus the voice from heaven declared “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased”. Jesus glorified God in all he did. He also fulfilled the commission to witness and proclaim the good news of God.

Today let us enjoy the comfort and beauty of God’s love for us but don’t let it stop there. Go and witness! Tell others of the good news of God’s redemptive story and proclaim “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”


2 thoughts on “Fear not!!

  1. Thank you Greg. Love Isaiah 43. I find I’ve written and received verses 1-3 from this chapter many times over the years. When fear comes and it will come this is a great reminder for Gods children to throw themselves God. Ive learned to recognise when the fear comes to let God know, “Im fearful”, and then give that fear to Him and recall or look up these promises from God. Who is faithful to do what He has promised to do. God wants us to trust Him. I like the example of leaning back so far but that you know that He is there to catch you.

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