for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name;
you are mine.
As I read this morning, I came across this verse of REDEMPTION in the Lord's merciful love. I feel like this verse has been sort of a theme in my learning lately. I see that I am nothing without Him. That IN HIM, I am called to LOVE, and I will be LOVED. Maybe you can feel like you are called home today, maybe you can feel like a burden can be taken from your shoulders today, or maybe you can just TRULY feel loved today. I pray that the Lord uses this in your life to call you to Him in a greater, closer sense than you've ever known Him... As He is doing with me. To know him is to want to know Him more.
This is some of what I read today from Isaiah 43:1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, 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;
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
14 This is what the LORD says—
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
"For your sake I will send to Babylon
and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians, [b]
in the ships in which they took pride.
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
Israel's Creator, your King."
16 This is what the LORD says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18 "Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.