Isaiah 44: Foreshadowing the Fear-Dispelling Gospel
“Thus says the LORD who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground.” – Isaiah 44.2-3
Why should you “fear not”, child of God? Because those verses in Isaiah foreshadow gospel blessings that everyone in Christ is free to enjoy!
He made you His servant. You don’t have to submit to worldly expectations that suck the life out of you and leave you feeling dry. The world always wants something different from you, and they will make you go crazy trying to fulfill their requirements on your life. The world wants you to think that you have to get certain grades, get a certain job, have a certain family make-up, have a certain bodily make-up, have a certain personality, and it’s all lies. You ultimately serve God, because of what Jesus did. And He’s a good master. He wants what’s best for you. What matters is the truth that He speaks over your life. You are not defined by the opinions of anyone else. You are not defined by the achievements that you destroy yourself to reach because you think the approval of man is what counts. It doesn’t. It will fade. Do you love God? Do you want to follow Him? That’s what He’s after. You will be blessed for that. Sure, you sin, but you’re not defined by sin anymore, either. Trust His mercy.
He made you. The God who doesn’t make any mistakes made you. You are not here by accident or random chance. God knew what He was doing when He put you on this planet. Are you stressed because you feel purposeless? Are you scared because you’re not sure what you’re going to do with your life? God doesn’t do purposeless things. He has a reason that you’re alive. More on that in a moment.
He formed you. He made you look the way you do. If you worry that you’re not muscular enough, pretty enough, tall enough, skinny enough, or smart enough, remember that God designed you in His image. If you feel like you just have to conform to America’s definition of beautiful, handsome, sexy, witty, or knowledgeable, remember that God does not judge you based on all of those external impressions you leave on other people. He doesn’t love you more or less because of those things.
He will help you. Do you feel overwhelmed or burdened because perhaps you’re trying as hard as you can to get the perfect grade in school, or prepare the perfect sermon, or always be there for your friends, or something else, and you’re just exhausted? God is your advocate, your friend. You don’t need to run yourself ragged trying to be your own savior and make a name for yourself when He’s your Savior, and His name counts for you! He will fill you with joy, strength, and peace. Ask Him to do that.
He chose you. He set His special seal of love on your life. You’re His child. You can trust Him with anything. You can cast all of your burdens at His feet. Are you stressed because it seems like everyone in your life has let you down, and no one understands you? God understands you. He made you, remember? He sympathizes with the deepest and most painful emotions that you feel, but that you’re too afraid to verbalize. You can cast yourself on His mercy even at the darkest time in your life. He also gives your life purpose by commanding you and giving you strength to live for Him. Enter the last point.
He will satisfy you. Do you feel empty? Are you frustrated from going from one “fun” event or group of people or man or woman to the next, and always leaving feeling more dead? The Bible says that we were created to know and enjoy the glory of God. Nothing else will ultimately fulfill our expectations. But the good news is that through Jesus Christ, those who were once alienated from Him, unable to enjoy Him at all, have been enabled to do so. Not only is He glorified in that, but we are satisfied in that.
So… fear not, made, formed, helped, chosen, satisfied servant of God. In Christ, you don’t have to fear.