Dear Qui Talks: Isaiah 43

Dear Qui Talks,

My frequency has been at an all-time low. I have been irritated, sad, annoyed, and exhausted. My meditation routine has not been working, nor have I been to church in two weeks; until this past Sunday.

I never really walk up to the front of the church, but I felt like God was thugging on me to move. Mind you as I walked to the altar, there was a prayer minister in my path but something told me to go to the women to the left of her. As I tell her about my financial inequities and unstableness, she begins to pray. As she prayed, I begin to cry because I have been going through it. In the midst of her prayer, she tells me the bible verse that has been on her mind all day was meant for me. She was going to minister it to the congregation but something told her to hold it. Once I approached her, she knew it was for me. She began to recite Isaiah 43. She even left me at the alter just so she may get her bible to read the direct verse to me. As she opens her bible, the specified verse was already bookmarked and ready. God knew I needed this for this week. Because I have been losing it for the past few weeks upon returning to NY.

Here is the verse that was meant for me. I hope this verse may be able to help someone else as well that may not see an end to their misery.

Isaiah 43

But now, this is what the LORD says– he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush [1] and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, `Give them up!’ and to the south, `Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth–
everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. Which of them foretold this and proclaimed to us the former things? Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right, so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.
I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.
I have revealed and saved and proclaimed– I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God.
Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?”
This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “For your sake I will send to Babylon and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians, [2] in the ships in which they took pride.
I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King.”
This is what the LORD says– he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters,
who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,
the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
“Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, O Israel.
You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with grain offerings nor wearied you with demands for incense.
You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses.
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.
Your first father sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against me.
So I will disgrace the dignitaries of your temple, and I will consign Jacob to destruction [3] and Israel to scorn.



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