We Never Walk Alone
Isaiah 43:2 is a promise given to the nation of Israel. In vs. 3, God said, "For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour..." This was a promise to Israel that God would always be there for them. Down through the centuries, we have been able to see the fulfillment of this promise. Even though many times, Israel has forsaken God, God has never forsaken Israel. Through thick and thin, the Lord has been there for the Jewish people. Why do you think she still exists as a nation today? It is because of God's love, mercy, and His grace: "For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour" (vs. 3a).
This is the same promise that God has given to us today--we, who are His chosen ones--chosen in Christ and recipients of His grace. We are his children. In 1 John 3:1a, we read, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God."
The emphasis in my message this morning has to do with the presence of God in our lives--how He is always with us in our trials, in our troubles, and in how he helps us face each challenge that comes to us. Sometimes we forget that. We can become so weighted down with our problems that we fail to sense the presence of God; but we need to be reminded of His promise: "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
HYMN: In the year 1897, Ludie Pickett wrote the hymn, "Never Alone." I would like to share the words of her song:
I've seen the lightning flashing, I've heard the thunder roll.
I've felt sin's breakers dashing, which almost conquered my soul.
I've heard the voice of my Savior, bidding me still to fight on.
He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone!
The world's fierce winds are blowing, temptation sharp a ...
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