Years ago, I was going through a touch-patch in a church. A very good friend of mine, trying to encourage me, opened his Bible and showed me the following verses from Isaiah 43; “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” He had these verses underlined in his Bible. Since that time, these have become some of my favorite verses.
The Lord is telling Israel that they may go through some tough. times. They may go through deep waters… but the Lord promises to be with them.
They may go through rivers of difficulty but again, the Lord promises to be with them.
They may go through the fire, but the Lord promises to go with them.
We may pray and ask the Lord to protect us and don’t let us go through adversity but, there are times when we need to go through it. Why? So that God can prove to us that He will be with us.
Maybe you are praying that something would no happen to you. It happens. When it does, do we begin to doubt God? Do we question God? No. God doesn’t promise us we won’t go through the fire.
So, if you are going through some tough times, know that the Lord is with you. God hasn’t forsaken you. God is with us in the fire and in the deep waters.
James said, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials” (James 1:5). Why did James say “Consider it all joy?” Because trails are an opportunity for us to grow. In the trials, we learn to trust God.