“Fear not, for I have redeemed you!” God has paid the price of our sins, and now we are free. We are restored into God’s family. We are bought from slavery to sin and death.
Take a closer look at verse two. God said that when we walk through the waters, he will be with us. When we go through the rivers, they will not overflow us. Note that we still have to walk through those waters and rough rivers. We still have work to do. God still expects certain things from us. We will go through things that will make us quake with terror. However, God will still be with us, protecting us and guiding us. He will not allow us to be swept away.
Think about some of the rivers you’ve had to cross. Think about how God has been with you every step of the way. What rivers do you face now? Ask God to reassure you and to let you know that he is with you. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Father Almighty, grant us strength as we face obstacles in the path of life, and give us grace to overcome all adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.