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...