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Isaiah 43:1-7 (NIV)
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 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.”
All throughout the Bible God make’s promises. Just look at all the promises in this passage alone. See where God is the subject of the sentence, or in other words, where is God active and doing something. For example, verse 1 says, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you”. That is something God has done; therefore, we do not need to fear. It is a promise that God makes that implies it is already accomplished. Though God might seem far away, He is right here with you. He said so! And, in light of the cross, we know that God will keep His promises to be with us and save us even when we face our greatest enemy: death. God does not always give us answers to our questions or do the things we want, but He does give us the promise of His love and salvation. That is where our hope lies, not in anything we do.