“1But now listen, Jacob, my servant,
Israel, whom I have chosen.
2 This is what the Lord says—
he who made you, who formed you in the womb,
and who will help you:
Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
4 They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
like poplar trees by flowing streams.
5 Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’;
others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;
still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
and will take the name Israel. (Isaiah 44:1-5)
There are times when fear is appropriate, but even i those times, God promised to provide strength and assistance. Just as God chose Israel, called them by name, ‘formed’ them ‘in the womb’ and promised deliverance and renewal, God has also formed us, calls us by name, loves us, and will sustain us through all things. There’s power in God’s words of assurance. Let us draw from that power.