Brought to Safety (Isaiah 43:1)

Isaiah 43 1

This verse is found in the midst of a passage written by the prophet Isaiah, first about the terrible tragedy of the exile, when God turned the Israelites over to the Babylonians as a result of their sin. Second, beginning with our verse, God says that he will redeem Israel in spite of their sins, a result of his grace.

The Israelites repeatedly sinned against God throughout their history. But here, remarkably, we see that God promises to redeem them; promises to make them whole again. He uses personal pronouns throughout the passage (I/mine), reminding the people that they belong to Him – the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.

In times of uncertainty, we can take the same refuge in God that the Israelites did so long ago. In spite of our sinfulness, God still loves us, cares for us, and ultimately will redeem us. The word “redeem” means to bring into safety.

God is showing his grace and love to us each and every day, and he will bring us into the ultimate safety of his arms at some point in the future. No matter how bad things get, we can have confidence in the fact that in the end, God wins. God will save us from this world and all of the evil and sin that abounds. That promise of ultimate salvation should give us solace in our temporary situations that are so often filled with fear and anxiety.

God’s got this and God’s got you.

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