“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.”
Isaiah 43:1-3 NKJV
Illness is a sapper of the will. It drags you down, slows even the most devoted to a stop, and holds hostage the goals and desires of the heart and mind. Very often there are those who attribute Illness to the devil, or some sin the one getting sick has perpetrated. There are are so many who just want to point fingers.
I have done a a lot of laying in bed since my hospitalization began. I have sepsis, meaning an infection has entered my blood. It has affected my donated kidney, hopefully only temporarily. Bloodwork looks better, and
creatinine levels are falling back into normal range for me.
This morning, rather than lay in bed until breakfast, I felt compelled to get up. I am far from mended, but the Lord has stuff for me to do. It’ll be awhile before I back to NBA level prayer time I had become used to, but it will come. I am always up for prayer needs.
Reading Isaiah 43 is always a blessing, because we are reminded of God’s faithfulness to those will willing to trust. Isaiah 42 is God’s presentation of the coming deliverer, the Messiah, Jesus Christ. It is a type and shadow for the New Testament believer of one supported by God, sent
By God to do the will of God.
““I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house. I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.”
Isaiah 42:6-8 NKJV
In Isaiah 43, that promise of ongoing support is passed to nation Israel, and by way of application, the New Testament believer.
Brothers and sisters, if you are one struggling today, or one sick, be reminded that you have a home in Heaven. I don’t know how this is going to come out, as anything can happen. But I do know that God is with me today.
What strength He gives me, I will give others. As he gives more, I will give more.
Let’s be like Philip the Evangelist, sprang at the will of God.
“Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert.”
Acts 8:26 NKJV
“So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.””
Acts 8:34-37 NKJV
Philip was willing to get up. He was obedient to the call and the Lord did the rest. I like where it says “this is desert.” Water is rare in the desert. God has provided the opportunity, Philip followed through, the Ethiopian’s heart was opened, and just like that, “ here is some water.”
My people, it is not about us. All too often we rely on some well spoken message or well drafted phrase. We seek books full of gimmicks, telling us if we pray certain way, or for the right things, we will be more effective. In reality, we have a great and loving God who wants nothing more than give you a chance to participate in what He is doing.