Do not be afraid

Interspersed in the following words from Isaiah 43 are the whispers of God to you, "You are precious to me, you are honored and I love you. Do not be afraid, for I am with you."  It is these very whispers that come in the darkness, in the  times of fear, in times of doubt that speak to our heart and become our hope. God will make a way through it. Let God's whispers of love and hope penetrate your heart and mind as you read the Word.

Isaiah 43:1-3; 18-19 (NRSV)

But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel;
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing:
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.

What did you hear as you read these Words? What stood out to you?
What fear might keep you from experiencing God's promise of "I have called you by name, you are mine?"
What might you need to let go of for something new to give birth?
What can you bring into your prayer from this text?