“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. 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. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” -Isaiah 43: 1-3
God is the one who created us. It says in Ephesians 2 that we are His masterpiece.
So if we are God’s creation, belonging to Him, why should we fear?
It says in this passage that He will be with us as we go through trials. God says that He is the Holy One, our Savior. It doesn’t say that He is ‘the Savior’; it says ‘our Savior’. He is personal. While He is the Savior, He makes it a point that He saves us. He saves me; and He saves anyone else who believes in Him.
It says many times in the chapter to ‘fear not’. If something is repeated, it is usually something really important; which means it is very important to not fear. God commands it.
Verses seventeen and eighteen are my favorite verses in this passage.
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
It is so hard to believe that God doesn’t care about what happened in our past if we ask for forgiveness. We constantly worry about what other people will think when they find out what happened to you, what you did, or what you said. But God doesn’t look at that once you accept Him and ask for forgiveness. He tells us to forget what happened in the past because He is doing a new thing.
How can we focus on the new, good thing He is doing in our lives if all we do is worry about our past?
We can’t change out past. We can’t change what made us who we are, but we can change our perspective.
For those who love Him, God has a plan that will work out for our good (Romans 8:28 and Jeremiah 29:11). At this moment He is doing a new thing in our lives- far greater than something we could ever imagine.
Sometimes things happen in our life that we don’t understand. It’s hard… really hard. Trusting God is the key. Keep your eyes on Him and not your past, not what you’re going through. Once you focus on God and his plan for you, you don’t feel the need to worry- you don’t need to worry. God’s got this under control– HIS CONTROL.