I’m sure many times throughout this past year we would scratch our heads and wonder what in the world is going on. Oftentimes as the struggles became more personal, we would even ask God why me. In those moments we can become more discouraged; more disillusioned; frustrated. Our perspective becomes distorted and our circumstances look insurmountable. But God in His providential ways comes to us and brings encouragement and hope in the midst of our darkest times. In Isaiah 43:1-7 we look at the encouragement He gives to Israel during their captivity in Babylon and see that those same words then can be applied to our lives today.