Google+ 10/30/13 We Should Not Fear, When God is Always Near!

Isaiah 43:1-2


 But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
    O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
    I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up;
    The flames will not consume you."


In part three of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Water, Water, Everywhere!" we turn to the prophet Isaiah for words of encouragement from God.  Even though Israel has rejected God, there is redemption.  In the book of Isaiah, redemption is mentioned 22 times!  Israel has turned its back on God.  Nevertheless, God is still protecting them.  God tells the Israelites that when the deep waters come, He will be with them.  When we get in the middle of a fast-moving river, God will not let us drown.  Not even fire will be able to oppress God's people.  So, of whom, or what, should we be afraid?  The Scriptural answer to this question is obviously nothing.  As the song says, "If God is for us, who can stand against us!"  The worldly answer, on the other hand, is quite different.  We should be afraid of ourselves!  No, I have not lost my mind entirely!!!  The saying that "we are our own worst enemy," certainly applies to being a Christian.  The Bible and God, through the Holy Spirit, has entrusted us with knowing exactly what we should do.  Let's not lie to ourselves.  We know what is right.  Sometimes, we just don't do it!!!  Why not?  The answer to that question is simple.  We give in to our sinful nature.  Pride and selfishness take over.  We listen to Satan, rather than God.  God doesn't desert us.  God doesn't stop protecting us.  We simply close the door on God's Holy Word and advice and do whatever we, as humans, choose to do.  By the way, through free will, God permits this from us, the same as He did from the Israelites in today's Scripture.  We can force our separation from God and, for that reason, we should be afraid of us!  Stay in fellowship with God and let Him battle our sinful natures.  "We Should Have No Fear, When God is Always Near!"