While in the Philippines a spur of the moment event came up, which everyone attended. I had a gut feeling though, that I should stay. I argued, I fought, but I just knew. The last time I had that very same feeling I ended up stranded on the side of the road. This time I would listen. Anyway, I decided to spend the 3 hours that everyone else was gone with the Lord. I began reading in Isaiah, a book I don’t normally “just read” in, for some reason I always tend to head towards the New Testament, anyhow my jaw just dropped as I got further into it. I didn’t realize how much space I was covering until about the ninth chapter. I hadn’t barely begun when I pulled out my notebook and pen and just started writing. I was so amazed! Honestly, it sounds bad, but I had no idea this was even in the Bible! This was the start of my understanding of His love for me. It’s just grown from there!
I have redeemed the, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with the; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Since thou was precious in my sight, thou has been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. Fear not for I am with thee…I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yeah, I have made him. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior. Yeah, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let? I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou that thou mayest be justified.
I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring. Thou saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any. I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me: I am the Lord, and there is none else, I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
Woa, unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou” or thy work, He hath no hands? Unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come: and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. Even to your old age, I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? I am God and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not net yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
For my names sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. Behold, I have refined thee but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? And I will not give my glory unto another. I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.