Isaiah 43:2 - 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.
Sometimes in life it appears that as soon as you are out of one test, here comes another. As the saints of old would say 'if it ain't one thing, it is another."
These same words of Isaiah 43 that were spoken by God and penned by the Prophet Isaiah to God's people Israel is for you and I who are God's people today also.
Contrary to what the world wants you to believe, saved or unsaved, the test and trials of life are guaranteed to come. The good news for the believer is when you suffer with Christ, you are not alone. He is right there with you. Never will He leave you or forsake you.
Trials and tribulations are certain to come our way. Jesus Himself declares in John 16:33-in this life you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Saints, regardless of the test, God is with you! If God be for you, no one can be against you. I do not care how great and big the enemy may look to you, God is greater and more powerful than that.
People of God, God claims you as His own, regardless of the test, for He says in this text that He redeemed you, He called you by name and you are His.
In real life, fire consumes and water overwhelms. Both can lead to death if overtaken by them, but God is not concerned about that, He is concerned about "our faith failing not" in the midst of them.
To give us hope and a reason to go on in spite of the test, God goes on to make a declaration concerning you and I that " He created us, He formed us, He redeemed us, He calls us by name, therefore, fear not for when we pass through the fire He will be with us, and when we pass through the rivers, they shall not drown us, the fire shall not even burn us for God Himself is with us in them.
In other words, go through the test, trust Me while you are going through, keep your faith in Me as you travel through the valleys of life, continue to believe in Me regardless of what your eyes may see, knowing that you are mine and I am with you.
Throughout scripture we see God's people being tested time and time again, but we also see God with them. Remember Daniel in lion's den, 3 Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace, Joseph in prison, David on the run from Saul, the children of Israel in one battle after another. In all these test of faith, God's presence was made known among His people.
Jesus, the greatest sufferer that ever lived was rejected, mocked, lied and spat upon, falsely accused, denied, whipped and eventually crucified and it appeared that God was no where to be found. But guess what, God was there with Christ before the foundation of the world, from the conception to Bethlehem, to Jerusalem, to Calvary, to the ascension and now with Him sitting at His right hand in heaven.
People of God, wherever you may be geographically, where ever you may be in your faith, whatever situation you may have arisen to this morning or went to bed with last night, God sends you words of comfort on today. He is declaring to you that " you belong to Him and that He is with you.” Fear not!
People of God, Hide God's Word in your heart on today. Focus on it and not your circumstances. Shame the devil and take God at His Word.
Remember what God said to you. "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Regardless of the test, God is with you! You are the apple of His eyes!
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for indeed He is a ever present help in the time of trouble.
I love you all.
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