“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.”
(NIV) Isaiah 43:1
You, friend are precious and honored in God’s sight. God’s vision. God has such an amazing vision for you. He sees you redeemed. He sees you as His own. He summons you by name. He says, “(Your name) – you are mine. The vision I have for you is beyond your own vision because I can see ahead the amazing things you’ll do for me if you’ll take the risk, be obedient and search my Truth to guide you each step.”
The Message translation reads:
“But now,God’s Message,
the God who made you in the first place…
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you…
That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
trade the creation just for you.”
Again, because you need to keep this in your heart and head – God says, “I have a vision for you, friend, even when you’re in over your head and in between a rock and a hard place. It’s not a dead end because I am God and can redeem you from it all. I want to and will because I love you.”
More than you can fathom.