Today I'm thinking about one of my favorite Scriptures from Isaiah. It reads this way:
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, 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. (Isaiah 43:1-2)
This passage of Scripture has always comforted me. Even though I know that Isaiah meant these words for the people of Israel, I also hear them personally, as though the Lord is telling ME to “Fear not, because He has redeemed ME." And that no matter what life events come my way – even the traumatic ones – the Lord will never leave my side. Since I believe that that is true, I am comforted. And somehow my faith grows.
If we sort of back out of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah to take a look at other Scripture passages and the message of the Bible as a whole, we see other passages that tell me same message. Jesus said to his disciples, “I will not leave you comfortless. I will send you the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will lead you and guide you and inspire you – yes, and no matter what life throws at you, He will not leave you." (Paraphrase of parts of John 16)
So what happens when one of those life events is the trauma of being spiritually abused? In that moment, it may seem like the Lord has abandoned you. In that moment, our own shock and emotions have been sent so sky high, that we can’t even see the nose on our own face while looking in the mirror. But I can assure you, the Lord has not left. He has not abandoned you. And He did not cause the abuse to happen.
What He wants, desires more than anything, is to enfold you in His arms, and say those wonderful words, “I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine.” I am with you now, even though you might not be able to tell it in the middle of this trauma. But I am here. My beloved daughter, I am here. I will walk with you through this trial if you will let me. If the going gets too hard, I will carry you for a little while, until you can “find your legs” again. Even then, I will always be with you."
Be comforted. Even now. In this moment.
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And remember, you're awesome! And God holds you in the palm of His hand.
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