What makes you afraid?

Muscular Dystrophy Cavan Church Ireland

What makes you afraid? Today is Duchenne Awareness Day. At times Duchenne makes me afraid, it is a horrible muscle wasting condition that effects some of those I love dearly.  It is frightening because there seems to be nothing that can be done.  It hurts.  Today is a day to remember those suffering with Duchenne.  

My reading yesterday from God's word was very timely, it said "Fear not" (Isaiah 43). Why did it say "Fear not"?  God promised his people that he was with them even when they 'passed through the waters' and 'walked through the fire'. He didn't promise them that they wouldn't go through the waters and fire, but that he would be with them.  What a promise!  The waters, the fire, the trials, don't mean God has abandoned us.  How can God's people know that he is with them even through the storms?

In Isaiah 43 God says:

  • I have redeemed you
  • I have called you by name
  • you are mine
  • I give Egypt as your ransom
  • you are precious in my eyes
  • I love you 
  • I give men in exchange for your life.
  • I am with you.

What a list! That was what God promised to his people in exile 700BC. How much more can we know it in 2017?  Israel had been redeemed and ransomed from Egypt through the death of a lamb, that lamb pointed forward to "the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).  How can we know God loves us? He gave his only son in exchange for our lives, to make us his, to show that we are precious to him and now we can know that He is with us. 

"Jesus passed through the waters and was overwhelmed so that, when we pass through the waters we aren't." 

That doesn't mean we won't face the waters or the fire, but it does mean we don't need to fear, for the one who made us is with us and loves us. Praying for all effected by Duchenne to know this today and each day.

"When through the deep waters I call you to go,
the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow,
for I will be with you in trouble to bless,
and sanctify to you your deepest distress.

When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,
my grace all-sufficient shall be your supply;
the flame shall not hurt you; I only design
your dross to consume and your gold to refine."

(From How firm a Foundation - listen to the hymn here )