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
Maybe you are feeling unmoored, adrift in this vast sea we call life. Maybe too, like me, you are wondering why God seems both near and far at the same time. Why He seems near and yet so silent while you rage and toss about. Maybe you’re wondering where you belong right now. Maybe you question if you are where God wants you to be. Maybe you strain to hear His calling but then you ignore the whispered promptings because it’s scary going toward the unknown.
It takes too much guts to step out of the boat onto the water, even though your boat is nearly capsizing and Jesus is calling you to walk on the water toward Him. Doubt and fear, they are dead-weights that will negate your buoyancy in Jesus. Doubt and fear will drag you down under the waves where it’s dark and suffocating. All it takes is for us to take our eyes off Jesus and down we go. But….
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, YOU. ARE. MINE.“
Hear that? YOU. ARE. HIS. And that’s enough. That’s all you need to know right now. You need to know that you belong – in Him. You are safe – in Him. You are loved – in Him. You are rescued – in Him. You are redeemed – in Him. No matter how much your life is in upheaval right now. No matter how unsure of yourself you are right now. “YOU. ARE. MINE.”
Jesus doesn’t say you will be mine when you are ______________________. Fill in the blank yourself. Whatever it is that you think you should be more of in order to be loved and be claimed by God, all those criteria is just rubbish. Jesus says you are His, right here, right now. You just gotta believe. Just rest in that truth. If all the further you get is to just snatch that truth up like the Lifeline it is and hang on tenaciously, that’s all the further you need to get.
God will take care of the rest. He’ll stop the leaks in your vessel. He’ll pull you up out of the drowning depths. He’ll even calm the waves right down. And if you are all turned around and off the path, He will gently steer you a-right. It’s His hand that reaches out when we go down. It’s His ears that hear our desperate cry every time. He’s there. Every time. He’s never left. He’s been walking alongside your boat all along, waiting for you to ask Him to rescue you in the storm.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, YOU. ARE. MINE.”
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