Monday, March 23, 2015

Isaiah Chapter 43 - I Will Be With You

Isaiah 43 gives us a promise of protection by the Lord:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. (Isaiah 43:2)
In our minds, we often think that perhaps the Lord should shield us from the trials of life. I for one would prefer a smooth road; No floods, no fires, no trials please!

But God in His wisdom does not do this - instead He says “When the trials come, I will be with you, I’ll carry you through them, and they shall not harm you.” 

Also note that God doesn’t say “if you pass through the waters," or “if you walk through the fire.” He says “when you pass through the waters," and “when you walk through the fire.” - in other words there will be trials in this life. There will be times when the waters rise, and we feel we’re going to be swept away. There will be times when we’re surrounded by fire, and the only way out will be to walk through it. 

Christian it’s in these times when they Lord will show Himself strong in our lives, guiding us through the waters, yet they will not sweep us away. Walking with us through the fire, yet it will not scorch us. 

And when we reach the other side, and we behold what God has done in our lives, our faith will be firmer, our hope will be higher, our trust will be truer.  Jesus said...

"In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

So the next time a flood invades your life, or a fire rages through, instead of praying “Lord, take this away…” pray “Lord, walk with me though this, and let me see your glory."

Trust Him, He won’t let you down.

Pastor Clay

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