I Will Be With You

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.  – Isaiah 43:2

Maybe you are experiencing the incredible weight of a trial right now.  If so, then you need to understand, first of all, that this is part of living in a fallen world.

No matter who you are, where you come from, or what decisions you make in life, you will face illness and pain and loss.  Embedded in the promise of Isaiah 43:2 is the reality of suffering:  when (not if) you pass through the waters, when you walk through the fire.  God’s people are not exempted from tragedy.  Jesus could not have been more clear in John 16:33 … “In the world you will have tribulation …”

So when you do face life’s difficulties, here is the promise for every child of God:  He will be with you, they will not overcome you, you will not be harmed.

For this reason, you need not fear no matter what trial or heartache you may be facing.  In the previous verse (Isaiah 43:1) God says “Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, you are mine.”  He is intimately acquainted with your situation and you can take comfort in knowing that you belong to Him, and He will not let anything or anyone harm you.

If you are in Christ today, then rest in knowing that God will not allow anything into your life that is not for your ultimate good and for His glory (Rom. 8:28).  No difficulty will drown you, no trial will overwhelm you, no sorrow will destroy you.

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