Fear not: For You Are Precious in His Sight
Suggested Scripture reading Isaiah 42:1 – 43:4
In Luke 15 we read one of the best known parables of the Lord Jesus, The Prodigal Son. The foolish younger son rebelled against his father, demanded his inheritance and left home to spend his wealth in sinful, wanton living. His money ran out and he found himself in a pig pen. He was alone and starving. This is when he repented and returned home. What the Lord is teaching us in this story is not the return of the son. He is teaching us about the father. Luke 15 has been called the “Lost and Found chapter of the Bible”. It speaks of the lost sheep and the lost coin. It emphasizes the search of the shepherd and the wife and their joy at finding the lost possessions. After each of these parables, Jesus points out the joy in Heaven over the repentance of the sinner. “The Prodigal Son” was meant to illustrate the joy of the Father in Heaven at the repentance of the rebellious child.
Isaiah, in Isaiah 43:1-4, catches this same joy in the heart of the Heavenly Father over His repentant children. Chapter 42 lists the rebellious attitudes of the Children of Israel. They were willfully blind and deaf to the things of God. Consequently, He poured out his fury on them and “set him [Israel] on fire round about.” (Isaiah 42:25) Chapter 43:1 is a blessed verse. It shows us the attitude of God toward His children even when we sin. He says, “Fear not.” He then gives four reasons why the repentant sinner need not fear.
- You are a direct creation of God, unique and loved.
- He says, “I have redeemed thee”. As the kinsman redeemer the Lord Jesus satisfied the demands of the Law that were held against you.
- He says, “I have called thee by thy name”. The Heavenly Father gives each child a special name because that child is significant to him. “I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee.” (Isaiah 45:4) He knows you by name and uses it to call you back to Himself. That “still small voice” you hear in your heart is His voice calling your name. He wants you to repent of your sin and come back to Him because you are His child.
- Finally, the child of God need not fear because the Father, flatly and without room for argument declares, “Thou art mine.” He created you, named you. You belong to Him. No power on earth can negate His love for you. (Romans 8:35-39) You belong to Him and as proof, you bear the earnest mark your salvation on your soul. That earnest mark is the Holy Spirit of God. The fires of tribulation may come. The floods of trouble will try to overwhelm you but you need not fear because the flame will not kindle upon you nor the flood waters overflow you because He goes with you through them.
The only question to be answered is, “Why.” Why are we held in such high regard by the Father that He would treat us with such grace and care? We may never, in this life, fully understand the answer, but we may cling to this truth. God loves us and we are precious in His sight. (Isaiah 43:4)
He is never please when you stray away from Him but when you hear Him calling your name you need not fear to repent and return to Him. He has said:
Fear not: for you are precious in my sight.
Romans 8: 28-39
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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