Isaiah 43:1-7New International Version
Israel’s Only Savior
43 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.
2 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.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
In reading my Bible this morning, I stumbled upon a card tucked into the “wrong place.” It was from my sister dated 3/1/2018 “You are so very precious to me! More importantly, you are a priceless treasure to your GOD! I ❤ you.” The bottom had the verse Isaiah 43:4…
When I went to tuck this card into the “right place” I noticed that I had highlighted that passage previously on 6/27/2004. I had written “<3 letter from God…Mom read this to me before my first day of work.” In 2004 I would have been starting a new job at a small rural hospital in Georgia. I was venturing out into a new area of speech-language pathology. My mom knew that. She knew I was bravely trying something new! I love that she was willing to read this to me. I love that my sister used the same verse to encourage me. And, I love that today led me back to this passage to re-highlight some key points in that 43rd chapter of Isaiah.
What verses have you highlighted lately?
Any nuggets or dates placed in your Bible?
I was talking with our small group about highlighting, drawing, and dating things in my Bible. I have many Bibles, but my favorite one is from high school. It was given to me in a “Disciple Class.” I have used it more than any other Bible. It’s circa 1994 gift has given me God’s Truth time and time again…including today. What is your favorite Bible and why?
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