As I sit down to write I confess I have lots of words bubbling through my brain – some may even be worth sharing – but for some reason Isaiah 43:2-3 is what continues to rise to the top of my thoughts:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 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. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior”
I don’t know what waters, rivers, or fire you might feel like you’re passing through but I do know this, God’s promise is as true today as it was when it was written, “I will be with you.”
The passage in Isaiah doesn’t say “if” you pass through the water and rivers or walk through the fire, it says “when”. John 16:33 records the words of Jesus, “In this world you will have trouble.” Lets face it trouble comes in all shapes an sizes, but Jesus goes on to say “take heart! I have overcome the world.”
So the troubles of life shouldn’t surprise us, even when they threaten to overwhelm us. We live in a fallen world, there will be trouble – sometimes we ARE the trouble – yet God’s promises are still true, He is with us, He has overcome the world. Our part is to trust Him; to allow His word to guide us, comfort us, redirect us, and keep our hearts focused on Him.
Our troubles tend to grab our attention but prayer turns our focus back to Him.
Thank You Lord for the gift of your presence.
Thank You for the Truth of Your word.
Thank You for this great privilege of prayer.