Read Isaiah 43
Focus on verse 1-2
Superhero movies typically have a warrior who is practically indestructible as their main character. We see a huge explosion and yet somehow the hero comes walking out of the flames with a few scratches and perfect hair, or a building collapses in a cloud of dust and our of the rubble emerges the hero carrying the child everyone thought had been killed in the collapse. As we watch this we know it is an illusion, that it typically doesn’t happen this way in real life, but we certainly like the way it makes us feel when we see it on the screen.
In our reading today the Lord speaks to His people through the prophet Isaiah assuring them not to be afraid of the perilous times that lie ahead.
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 the fire you shall not be burned,
And the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:1b-2)
These are not super heroes that God is referring to; they are ordinary people who are willing to trust that God will protect them. These are the ones that God will preserve through the coming storm when He allows Israel to be invaded and destroyed.
This is a comforting reminder to us that regardless of our circumstance, regardless of the hardship and terror that we may at some point be called to face; those who have been redeemed by God do not have to fear, for God will be with us in the midst of it all. While it is possible for God to miraculously intervene and protect us from harm, this is not a guarantee that we will remain unscathed, it is rather a promise that whatever we face, even if it turns out to be death, God is there with us in the midst of it to carry us through.
When God has redeemed us, and we walk according to His will, we are as indestructible as any super hero, quite possibly in the physical sense, and most certainly in the eternal sense. This is good news for those who find themselves in turbulent and difficult times.