Carried, sustained, rescued

“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. 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 I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:3–4)

This statement from God was initially directed at the nation of Israel who were falling into idolatry and turning aside from their historical covenant with God. God created the nation from nothing and has carried the Israelites through their entire history and will continue to do so well into the future because He transcends history.

Through Jesus we also are included in the care God gives. He has carried me, He is carrying me and He will always carry me even into my old age. God promises to carry me as a father would carry his child, to sustain me and to rescue me from anything which might come against me.

This is not a naïve triumphalism, God is not saying He will magically whisk me out of trouble and into happy times. What He promises is to carry me through the nasty stuff. Because God is all-powerful and can see the end, He will take me through the trials of life knowing that despite me perhaps getting knocked around and injured, He can ensure I get to the destination intact.

Part of me would like to believe in a god who magically whisks me out of troubles, but it is better to know the living God who has unlimited power and deems it necessary for us to walk through lives of difficulties while trusting in Him. Israel was rescued by God in the end, but had to endure terrible suffering before that happened. What God promised was that Israel would survive, not that they would have an enjoyable journey.

So, God is carrying me. I also have His assurance that He will not permit Satan to completely overwhelm and destroy me even when I feel like that’s what is happening. This assurance is my lifeline in bad times.