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. (Isaiah 43:2)
As we get older we find more and more of our family and friends facing difficult times; illness, family trials, financial issues, etc.
Has life thrown you a curve? More than a curve? Recently I had the honor and privilege to witness my friend’s recent journey. It has been more like a tortious maze than a curve in the road.
As my friend walked this road I watched in awe the faith that brought her through numerous fires.
How did she do it?
She relied on the prayers of friends and family AND her own FAITH and trust in God.
“When you pass through the waters…”
“When” not “If”. We all will pass through rough waters, but if we are a child of God, He will walk beside us. God uses ‘water’ to depict a catastrophe. Water can overcome us.
“When you pass through the rivers…”
A river may appear to be calm, but can quickly turn into a turbulent and dangerous place; however, God promised these waters would not sweep (knock) us over.
“When you walk through the fire…”
We all will pass through fires, but He promises they will not consume us.
What Wonderful Promises!!
How can we believe these promises?
By knowing the rest of the story.
Where have I been the past year? Why have I hardly written on this blog?
Those of you that know us personally know my husband was diagnosed with cancer in late 2015. We, just like many of you, lived this Scripture. We held onto to His promises. Writing was not a priority. Now that we are back to a normal schedule I hope to be more consistent with my posts.
Recently we went for his 1 year CT and checkup. To be perfectly honest, for me there was some minor anxiety as we awaited the results.
The Bible says that God will walk beside me in times of trouble… note it does not say there will not be trouble. We will have turbulence. We will have disappointing or bad news throughout our lifetime… more than once. Knowing this did give me some butterflies in my stomach… I’m human, but I did know that if the news was not what we had hoped that God would be there every step of the way.
Fortunately for us the one year checkup was filled with good news.
He will carry us when we can no longer walk. He will provide friends who will pray for us, support us, and yes, carry us when need be.
The Rest of the Story
Earlier I said we knew the “Rest of the Story.” If we look at verse one, it says “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you..”
YEAH!! He had a plan for each of us.
Not only did God tell us He would be with us as we faced our personal challenges, He said, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you..”
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you..”
These verses were for the people of Israel, but provide us hope as Christians. God provided Christ as our Redeemer. Through Christ we are a part of the family of God.
The word “Redeem” comes from the Hebrew word ga’al.
ga’al: paid the price
In other words, God paid the price for us through Christ, THEREFORE, we can cling to those promises He gave the Israelites, God’s chosen people.
What are you clinging to when you have times of trouble?
My dear friend told me the other day as she laid on the stretcher and awaited her procedure she read Scriptures she had written out on index cards. WOW!! What a testimony of faith!
I pray that I can be such an example to others the next time we face the rising waters and blazing fires… for believe me, I know for each of us, they are coming. The first question is not if, but when… and the second is, who?
Who? Who am I going to walk with as I face the rapids and burning flames? FEAR? or GOD?
I choose God. I pray you do too.
If you do not know Christ as your Redeemer, please click here to get to know what that means.