Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.
Isaiah 43:1 (NLT)
Today’s verse is a beautiful metaphor of our Christian experience. To ransom someone in the Old Testament usually meant to pay a price to set a prisoner or slave free. This person would be “redeemed” or “bought with a price.” So we see that Jesus came and took us from the slavery of sin and the prisoner of our own human nature and paid our ransom with His own blood. Jesus set us free. What a beautiful picture of grace and mercy. But God doesn’t finish with just redeeming us. He loves, guides and protects us. God, through Isaiah, continues in this passage saying, “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. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Today, rejoice that He has delivered you from your past and will love and protect you in the present. You are His, He knows you by name!”
Dear Father, thank You for redeeming me. Thank You for Your protection, love and guidance. Thank You for the fact that I am Yours, that You know me by name! In Jesus’ Name.
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