By Daniel Zamora
Many of those who make or do something for others like to offer words of thankfulness, promise, affirmation, compromise, service and warranty to their customers.
In Isaiah 43: 1-3, the Creator of Earth and the entire universe has a very specific message for all of us: “Fear not… you are mine.” And it follows, “through the waters … through the rivers… through the fire.”
Were these last phrases taken from a recent news update? Actually not, these words were recorded by the prophet Isaiah around 2,700 years ago and since then, big common challenges for humanity have not changed much. The message continues “For I am the LORD, your God.” This is the endorsement that the Almighty makes to anything promised to us but, it does not end there. The LORD is not only our God but is also for us and with us, as expressed in the name Emmanuel, God with us.
During this Advent season, as we think and reflect on God’s statements and promises, let us claim them every day. Allow the Lord take to care of our fears and challenges or anything else that overwhelms and frightens our spirits and lives.