If we really knew how precious we are to God and and how passionately we are loved by Him—it would radically change the way we live. The book of Isaiah has some of the most beautiful expressions of God’s passionate love for us.

The overall message of Isaiah is of God’s judgment and His salvation. God is holy and thus, sin cannot go unpunished. (Isaiah 6:3 and 1:1-31) At the same time, Isaiah explains God is full of mercy, grace, and compassion and “His hand is stretched out still.” (Isaiah 5:25) Isaiah tells how the nation of Israel is mired in the hypocrisy of good works, but their heart is far from loving God and thus, the nation will be trampled. (Isaiah 1, 5:1-7) But because of His mercy, God will not allow Israel to be completely destroyed, but rather will bring restoration, forgiveness, and healing. (Isaiah 43 and 52) God’s amazing mercy and love for Israel flows throughout the book.

God’s love for not only Israel, but for all of us is also the message of Isaiah.

It beautifully described in this passage: “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, 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. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.’“ (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1-7‬)

God didn’t withhold anything in His sacrifice for our redemption. We are so precious that He gave up what He loved most so we could be “called by His name.”

We were created for the glory of God, Who gave everything so we could live abundantly.

If we are this precious to the Creator of the entire cosmos, and HE said we were created for HIS glory…what will we do with such a precious entrustment?

Knowing how precious I am to God, challenges me to consider what, if anything I have accomplished in my life—for HIS GLORY. If all I’m doing is surviving for retirement or looking to glorify myself—I have forgotten how precious I am to God. I need to re-read these passages until I am overwhelmed with thanksgiving by the passionate depth of God’s love and care for me. The more God’s love letters are worked deep into my heart, the more I desire to live for His glory.

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