“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. …Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange fro your life. Fear not, for I am with you…” Isaiah 43:2-5.
The stuff of life does not withdraw its presence. The rivers are there, the waters, the fires and the flame. The presence of adversity closes in. Objects remain intended to cut. The curses of Eden are round about us. Blame, accusation and mere misunderstandings. The Son of God descended into such a world. A world where the hearts of men were forever seeking to kill and destroy anything and anyone that hindered their personal causes. A world were cosmic battle lines had been drawn between the forces of holiness and the forces of rebellion. A world where very few in the heavens and on earth laid down their weapons. It was a dangerous descent into a world governed by demanding hearts. And yet He came….
He came in naivety. He came in dependancy. He came in obvious deficiency. He came an infant. He came in the very form and function that each and every one of us enters into this adversarial world. He didn’t cover or protect Himself. He was an open target to anything that the hearts of men desired. He was required to trust just as we do. He would live among the pressures and adversaries. He would live at the receiving end of blame, accusation and misunderstanding. He would die on the receiving end of “guilty”. He had to trust the Father with a final verdict on His life. He had to trust the very same structure and government that we, the spiritual children of God, live within and under. Would the Father forget to justify and raise up His One and only Son?
Neither will He forget you! Although, all of these pressures and adversaries rage around us, we can nonetheless be secure. We are a cause. I am a cause. You are a cause. Just as the Son of God was a cause. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31. No matter the verdict against our life in this adversarial realm, God is one who judges our case. Just as He judged the case of Christ. We are within and under the government of God. A good government. One that decides in our favor. We have every reason to be secure and trust. And every reason to be unafraid. …even as an “infant” in this world. We can trust His love for us. We can trust His instruction. We can trust Him with the governance of our heart. We can trust Him in the midst of adversaries and difficult circumstances. He is for our success and honor. He will justify our cause. He will judge us rightly. He will raise us up just as He raised the Son. We are a cause worth fighting for! Just as the Son was a cause!
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies? Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died - more than that, who was raised….” Romans 8:32-34.