Redemption is Here

Isaiah 43:1
1 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.

Devotional:
The past few weeks we have been discussing how God provides and shows up for us. This week is no exception. This passage from Isaiah is God talking about he will provide for his people. He calls us out into the world for his kingdom and he comes along. This passage is not literal, if you walk in fire there is a likelihood that you will be burned, but God is talking about a bigger picture. He protects us and brings redemption from our suffering. He is with us in the fire and after. He brings glory from all things. Bring followers of Christ is not a guarantee of a cushy like. We will go through trials but God redeems all things for his kingdom.

Challenge:

Last week I challenged you to find new adventure. This week I want you to focus in on what God is redeeming in your life. If you are a visual learner, it might help to write a list again. Write down a few things that are painful, how has God redeemed it or how do you need him to redeem it? For me, when I was younger, I experienced a great loss in my family. I was confused about why it happened. As I grew up and learned more about God and about myself, I was able to see how God was using my pain for his kingdom. He redeemed the worst days of my life and brought something beautiful out of the chaos. Look at your life and see what God has redeemed or what he needs to redeem. Pray thankfulness over what he has done and ask him to continue his will in your life.

Prayer:
God we thank you for the new adventures that you bring into our lives. This week we are focusing on something that can be hard to deal with. We all have pain in our lives and we ask that you redeem those struggles and make the ugly beautiful. God we lay our pain down and we ask that you take a hold and fill our hearts with your love. We thank you for what you have redeemed in our lives in the past. God allow us to see what we need redeemed and allow us the courage to release those things to you. We love you and we thank you. In your sons name, Amen.

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