"Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not ... For I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring" ~ Isaiah 44:2a,3
Those of us who are commissioned to be an active part of the great reconciliation of God --- and everyone who belongs to Him is to be a part of this reconciliation --- should look long and deeply at this "blue stone" verse.
First of all, if you feel discouraged in your Christian service, this promise is from "the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb ..." No doubt, He is not at all surprised at this seeming failure. At your present discouragement. And this same Lord "which will help thee" also commands that you "Fear not ..."
In all things, even this present trial, He is there. "I is I; be not afraid."
He is in this thing with you. If those whom you are sent to guide and watch over in their spiritual infancy seem to be ill unto death; if they are stumbling and making alibis and showing the deceitfulness of every human heart, "Fear not ..." the Lord is saying right now. "For I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thy offspring."
Those whom God uses o reach others for Himself know the travail of watching silently and praying for these babes "until Christ be formed in them>" It is an agony not expressible in words. But the Lord reminds us that we are not to be afraid for them. We are just to go on belonging to Him ourselves. In one sense they are our "children". In the ultimate sense they are His children. And, His responsibility. Just as we are too His responsibility.We can simply rest and belong because "Thus saith the Lord that made thee...":
"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children."