1 But now, God’s Message,
the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,
the One who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
2 When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
3 Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
4 That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
trade the creation just for you.
5 “So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.
I’ll round up all your scattered children,
pull them in from east and west.
6 I’ll send orders north and south:
‘Send them back.
Return my sons from distant lands,
my daughters from faraway places.
7 I want them back, every last one who bears my name,
every man, woman, and child
Whom I created for my glory,
yes, personally formed and made each one.’”
I don’t think I have ever really read this verse until my roommate, Shane, showed me it. I’ve been struggling lately with grasping the concept of a God who would die on the cross for me when he didn’t have to. I have a father that LOVES me. He loves me for who I am and wants to heal all the pain, frustration, and heartache.
I think it’s hard to believe that someone would actually care enough to chase all over the world and through all the sin to find me and love on me. I have a hard time grasping that. That I am worth him leaving the 99 and going after me. That no matter what I have done, what I am involved in, ect. He still cherishes me just as much as the person standing next to me. And the question I can’t figure out is “Why?” Why love me? A mess up and screw up and a failure? I can only just sit back in awe and just try to sort it out in my mind.
My prayer is that God will reveal Himself to me more and more this summer. That he will tear down the walls that I have built for security and allow me to trust Him and those around me.