One of the verses from today’s Scripture passage “accidentally” popped up as the Verse of the Day in my Youversion Bible app. I say accidentally because the actual verse for today’s date is James 4:7. Yet the verses in Isaiah 43 are so powerful and life giving I could not stop reading or even choose only one verse to paste. For the sake of Meditation I chose 13 verses, but I easily could have pasted the entire chapter.
Now this is what the Lord says — the One who created you, Jacob, and the One who formed you, Israel — “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you. For I Yahweh your God, the Holy One of Israel, and your Savior, give Egypt as a ransom for you, Cush and Seba in your place. Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and I love you, I will give people in exchange for you and nations instead of your life. Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west. I will say to the north: Give them up! and to the south: Do not hold them back! Bring My sons from far away, and My daughters from the ends of the earth — everyone called by My name and created for My glory. I have formed him; indeed, I have made him.” Bring out a people who are blind, yet have eyes, and are deaf, yet have ears. All the nations are gathered together, and the peoples are assembled. Who among them can declare this, and tell us the former things? Let them present their witnesses to vindicate themselves, so that people may hear and say, “It is true.” “You are My witnesses” — this is the Lord ’s declaration — “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. No god was formed before Me, and there will be none after Me. I, I am Yahweh, and there is no other Savior but Me. I alone declared, saved, and proclaimed — and not some foreign god among you. So you are My witnesses” — this is the Lord ’s declaration — “and I am God. Also, from today on I am He alone, and none can deliver from My hand. I act, and who can reverse it? ”