Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4, NIV)
Recently I watched my friend carry his newborn daughter through the halls at church. Everyone swarmed around to make over her tiny fingers and tiny noises, and the proud daddy even pulled off her socks to show her tiny toes. I was in awe at her fragility–were my own kids ever that small?–but he had a firm, safe, loving hold on her. He wasn’t going to let anything happen to his child.
Isaiah 46 reminds me of that father’s love. God says, “You are My child. I made you. I’ve carried you in My firm and loving grasp since the beginning, and when you are old and gray, I’ll still be the one who sustains and rescues you. I am he.”
“I am he.” Lord, help me to trust in that. Like the little baby who slept peacefully in her father’s arms, let me rest in the knowledge that everything is under Your control. Let me live boldly and courageously, knowing that You are the God who sustains and rescues. I love you, Lord. Amen.