“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
What a comfort these words from Isaiah must have been for God’s chosen people, the Israelites! It reassured them that they were His special people. These words encouraged and ensured protection from the Lord Himself.
As we take a closer look and think more deeply about this passage from Isaiah, we realize that we too can receive this blessing and promise. As Christians we have been redeemed through Christ. We are God’s people too!
What comfort is found in verses 2 and 3! God promises to be with us through all kinds of trials. Verse 5 tells us there is no need to fear, because God will always go with us. Notice He does not promise that we will never have troubles or trials, but He does promise that we will never be alone and that He will protect us and hold our hand through it all (Isaiah 41:13 & 42:6). We have no reason to fear anything the world throws at us. We have a mighty God that is stronger and greater than any trouble, sickness or trial we might encounter!
Verse 3 sums up the reason for all this — “For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel. Your Savior…” God has redeemed us, and calls us His own. He knows our names and He loves us, we belong to Him. We have nothing of this world to fear for we have the mighty God as our loving Father.