Standing Firm in Fearful Times

Fear Not, You Are Redeemed

Aug 20, 2023

“But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…'” (Isaiah 43:1-3, NIV)

Today’s passage powerfully asserts God’s claim over His people. As you meditate on this scripture, notice how fear is dispelled by three distinct truths: God’s creation, God’s redemption, and God’s presence.

In the first verse, God addresses Jacob and Israel—names representing both the individual patriarch and the collective nation. These dual implications remind us that God’s promises are both personal and communal. You are His creation, uniquely crafted by His divine hand. This truth alone grounds your worth and identity, dispelling the fear that springs from doubt or insecurity.

In the same verse, God proclaims His redemption. The Lord has redeemed you, freeing you from sin’s bondage and fear’s chains. No fear can withstand the liberating power of God’s redemption. His perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18), releasing you into the glorious freedom of a child of God (Romans 8:21).

Lastly, God promises His presence. In life’s overwhelming moments—symbolized by waters, rivers, and fire—God assures us, “I will be with you.” This promise doesn’t prevent the presence of trials but guarantees His companionship through them. Fear loses its grip in the face of God’s abiding presence.

As you navigate life’s ups and downs, may these truths envelop you in a peace that surpasses understanding. You are God’s creation, redeemed by His grace, and accompanied by His constant presence. Fear has no room to thrive in such divine reality.

Wonder in the Word

How does understanding your identity as God’s creation, redeemed, and in His presence help you to combat fear in your life?