May 4 – You Are Mine
We are currently studying our identity through God’s eyes, looking at scriptural truths describing how God sees us as His children. Let these truths penetrate your being, as if God is speaking these words looking right at you. Hang these truths on your mirror so that you will see yourself through His eyes more than through the world’s eyes. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it focused on today’s truth using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
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 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.”
8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
who have ears but are deaf.
9 All the nations gather together
and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold this
and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor will there be one after me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord,
and apart from me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?”
I Am Yours | Becky Newman
God is all-powerful, and He shows what He can do for me in these verses. Saving from the waters calls to mind how He parted the waters for the Israelites to be saved from slavery. Saving from the fire reminds me of the three guys thrown into the furnace because they would not bow down to the king instead of the King and how God protected them and they emerged without even a burn. He has redeemed me, made up for my sinful ways, through Jesus so that I could be called His daughter. His protection of me can be likened to how I want to protect my kids.
Sind You formed me and made me and called me by name, it is my duty as Your daughter to be obedient to the purpose You created me for — Your glory. These verses don’t say that Your divine hand will pluck me out of the hardships but, rather, that You will be with me through the hardships, strengthening and empowering me so I can finish strong despite and not be swept away from You. I cried out to You just a few days ago in the midst of this hardship again and admitted that I just don’t know what to do in this, how to make it glorify You. This is supposed to be a season of celebration and looking forward, but I feel like there’s nothing to celebrate. In the meantime, this admission and release, along with the prayers of the strong moms You’ve put in my life, have “let” me “let” You. My brain is exploding with anger and disappointment, but You are not letting it out of me right now, only through Your strength, because letting it out would not glorify You in this. Thank You for Your almighty power and taking control.
I look to the heavens for my help, and it comes from You. Thank You for helping me. Please continue to help me to celebrate and encourage even when I don’t feel like it. Thank You that I am Yours and that he is Yours too.
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