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—
– Isaiah 43:5-6 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Author of Making Sense of the Bible
God has created us for His glory. In other words, God is with you even if you feel imprisoned in your sin or trapped in your circumstances. His voice resounds to us today saying, “Do not be afraid”. The Bible teaches that God is actively working in our situations to return us to Himself; He is using all things for the good to those who are called according to His purpose.