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. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. (Isaiah 43:1b-5a NLT)
When rivers of difficulty sweep us off our feet, we must not let fear flood over us. We are precious to the Lord Almighty, and he will not allow us to drown.
In fact, he tells Israel he paid an awful price to make them his precious possession, that other peoples actually were given up in exchange for the redemption of Abraham’s children. I’m sure I don’t understand all that means, but I can understand that some of the people who came to the Lord through my father’s ministry were redeemed, in part, because of the family sacrifices we made. With all my heart, I want to say to you, “Please don’t take those sacrifices for granted. A great price was paid for you.”
Of course, the sacrifices I made, as a pastor’s son, pale in comparison to the sacrifice my heavenly Father made for me. Whatever deep water we are struggling through today, we should draw courage from the Father’s presence with us. You are precious to him. He paid an awful price to make you his own. He will not allow you to be swept away in the flood or consumed by the fire. Keep trusting him, and press through to the other side.