“Hearken unto Me! I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime until your hair is white with age. I made you, and will care for you. Therefore I will carry you along and save you!” Isaiah 46:3-4
This passage of Scripture is the believer’s cordial. Let us look at the beautiful images employed.
God is our parent, a kind, tender-hearted parent. He is peculiarly attached to His people. They are dear to Him, precious in His sight. He prizes them above all creation. He is strong to sustain, defend, and support them. His strong arm, tender heart, and watchful eye are all employed for them.
The believer is as a child. He is weak and feels exposed and defenseless. He is timid and fearful. But the Lord, as a tender parent, engages to take him up in the arms of His power and carry him in His love! Like a tender lamb in the shepherd’s bosom, on a cold and frosty night, borne across a bleak and snow-covered wasteland so the believer shall be carried in the bosom of his God, across the bleak and cheerless desert of time.
God will carry him tenderly hushing the weak one’s fears. He will bear him carefully so that nothing shall harm or hurt him. He will soothe him with gentle words, and encourage him with kind acts until He safely introduces him at Home!
Dear Christian, you have nothing to fear!
Your God says, “I will be your God throughout your lifetime until your hair is white with age! I am your Father, your Friend, solace, and your confidence! Look unto Me even to old age, I will carry you. I will bear you up under all that you feel and fear and carry you through all that discourages or distresses you. I will deliver you from foes, fears, dangers, and death itself! My arm is strong enough, trust in it. My bosom is your resting-place, lean hard on it! Therefore do not be afraid . . .
love dwells there,
pity rules there,
your name is engraved there!
Trust me, I will never leave you nor forsake you!
“Hearken!” Believer, your God bids you to “hearken.” His words are true and faithful. He speaks to banish your fears and to strengthen your faith. He speaks to comfort your poor drooping heart clothe your care-worn brow, with the light of hope, with the cheerfulness which confidence imparts.
Hearken to Him, not to unbelief!
and not to carnal reason!
Hearken to Him, not to Satan!
and not to erroneous men!
Hearken, it is your Savior who speaks;
it is the Guide of your youth who addresses you;
and your tender Parent who seeks to cheer your heart.
He is near you every moment;
And He will carry you every step;
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