“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” (Isaiah 43:4 NIV).
The promise of God spoken through Isaiah–those who have been redeemed (purchased by the blood of Jesus) have no need to fear anything that appears to be devastating on the earth. God will save us in the midst of the turmoil and chaos. He will gather our children to a safe place where they will not be harmed.
When we learn to receive the Word of God into our hearts as a word spoken directly to us–we know we do not need to fear the events unfolding in the society in which we live. All things that are coming to the forefront were foretold in the past so we would have hope and have no need to be fearful. What God has accomplished in the past, He will continue to do now and in the future. If we teach our children to have reverence for The Lord and obey His Word, we have no need to fear for their futures. If we encourage all we know to come and partake of the Living Water–we get them into a secure place where they will not be harmed.
God is saying right now–though it appears that many have forsaken Him, He has yet numbered those who truly love Him and He calls us “precious in His sight” and because He loves us–He will protect us from the insolence and stupidity that seems to reign in our land.
“Call on The Lord” with a heart to hear and respond to Him and see if He will not save. For He has said, “who ever calls upon His name shall be saved.” But those who call upon Him, in mockery and insincerity will have to deal the consequences and they have every reason to fear the calamities that will come upon them.
Because of our obedience to Him, God is willing to exchange nations for us. In other words, He will remove us from those who are doomed in order for us to be saved.
O God–help us to see You in all Your glory and praise You for being such an awesome God that You are not willing for any to perish, but for all to have safe passage into Your kingdom. Help us to magnify who You are by our conduct before others so they too shall receive the benefits of Your love. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!