Verses 9 and 10 contain a most strengthening message for days of sorrow or hardship – “I have chosen you and not cast you off; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God!”
What a passage of hope!
God speaks to us as He was doing to His people back then. Specifically, when He says in v9, “… You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, …” – This was true for God’s people in exile (far away, called home), it was true too for them called out of Egypt to the promised land – As it was true for His calling of Abraham! But for us it is true too, God’s people called from all points of the earth, from its farthest corners!
And how good it v17, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the LORD will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them.”
Jesus says in John 4 that He gives living water to the thirsty.
Being thirsty is something Israel knew about, particularly from the 40 years in the desert wandering (and that time being written about and passed down through the generations).
But all of us are spiritually thirsty!
And only Jesus satisfies that thirst.
“The water that I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Dear God, giver of life, redeemer of the wretched, rescuer of the lost.
Thank You that in Jesus our spiritual thirst is satisfied. That we drink the living water that is You, Your Spirit.
Mark us as a people of Your Spirit.