When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned: neither shall the flame kindle upon you.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior: Isaiah 43: 2, 3
A marvelous truth lies in the first three verses of Isaiah 43. Actually, there are several great truths, but one caught my heart this week.
As a child of God, I am passing through.
In these verses, God is clear about the reality of trials and troubles for His children; He does not promise to remove them. He doesn’t say IF you pass through the fire; He says WHEN you pass through the fire. Tribulation in this life is a certainty.
The floods will come. The waters will flow. The fire will blaze.
The glorious truth, however, is that I will PASS THROUGH all of this. I will pass through, and I will emerge whole on the other side.
In that truth lies the power and victory for my life. I may be sloshing in the mud of living. I may smell the smoke and feel the heat of the flames, but I am passing through unharmed. This life is not taking me down.
Here lies the essence of biblical hope – the assurance that God has this, that God has me!
I can keep walking. I can keep swimming. I can keep brushing away the ashes,
because I know – I know – I will pass through this, whatever this is.
He is the Lord.
He is my Savior (43:4).
I am precious in His sight (43:4).
He is with me (43:5),
and I will pass through!
Whatever you are facing today, if you are a child of God, you will pass through it. God has promised, and He is always faithful to do what He says.
Psalm 46: 1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
Photo – Flowing, Beth Mims – North Georgia Mountains