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PREPARE TO BE AMAZED

Daily Devotional Isaiah 43:1–21


“Prepare to Be Amazed” is the title of the final chapter of a book my husband Peter and I wrote together, 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves. A friend painted that phrase on a beautiful wooden sign, which sits above our kitchen sink. It reminds us that God is working in incredible ways for His own glory—despite any “evidence” we might claim to the contrary.


Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!

ISAIAH 43:18


Isaiah 43 is a beautiful declaration of this truth. These verses communicate God’s commitment to His people and love for them. The prophet—as God’s own mouthpiece— speaks directly to them. The repeated use of the personal pronouns (“I” and “you”) highlights the intimate connection between the Lord and His chosen ones.


In verses 1–7, God reminds them of His past work. He created them, redeemed them, and called them to Himself. Then He promised that same ongoing care through future fires and floods. Verse 4, in particular, is a direct and passionate declaration of love. He calls His people “precious,” and He underscores His promise to pay any price for their deliverance.


Verses 8–13 describe a courtroom scene. All the nations have assembled to hear the testimony, and God’s people are His witnesses. To the blind and deaf and needy, they testify that He is the only true God and Savior, Who has “revealed and saved and proclaimed” (v. 12).


But as amazing as God’s work has been in the past (vv. 16–17), it is not finished. He is “doing a new thing!” (v. 19). He is not done redeeming. He is not done “making a way in the wilderness” (v. 19). We are able to obey the Greatest Commandment because He has loved us—faithfully and generously! Knowing this compels us to praise (v. 21)!


Go Deeper


Have you seen God’s personal care in the past? In what way does that give you hope for the future? How do His care and love inspire us to love God more fully?


Pray with Us:


The Greatest Commandment, the law of love, sets our path not only for today but also for the future and into eternity. It’s Your love that enables us to love You in return. It’s Your love that compels us to praise and worship.

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