“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).
Throughout his book, Isaiah thunders against Israel because of her sins, and also against the other nations who discard God’s Word and refuse to honor Him. But in the concluding chapters (40-66), He reassures the faithful remnant that He will be true to all His promises and assurances of final deliverance. Let’s take a look at the verse above.
God does not tell them He will keep them from trial, only that He will be with them. He says, “I will be with you.” We find this throughout biblical history. Think of all the faithful saints who experienced God’s marvelous presence, protection and deliverance from threatening situations. He protected Noah, delivered David, exalted Joseph, and fought for Israel when the odds were stacked against them. When we pray, we naturally seek God’s deliverance, but we should seek His presence most of all. Moses learned this valuable lesson, and said to God, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15).
Next God promises the rivers will not overwhelm them. It seems at times we will indeed be overwhelmed by stressful situations in life, and sink under their weight. But God will hold us up through His powerful right arm, not allowing us to succumb to the powerful currents of affliction.
He then promises protection from the flames, that they will neither burn nor consume them. We, too, seem close to the fire at times, in fact we can even feel the heat of life’s fires. But our faithful God stands with us with the promise that the flames will not scorch us.
In these comforting chapters of Isaiah, God points His people to His marvelous promises and abilities to deliver them. He will turn darkness into light, and rough places into level ground (42:16), and will hold their hand (41:13). He will renew their strength and cause them to soar (40:30-31). Through His power He will help them (43:13-14), and not forsake them (41:17). He will graciously forgive their sins (43:25), and redeem them (44:22). He raises up individuals to help them (44:28), and vows to accomplish all His purposes (46:10). He will bring comfort to His people and exercise compassion on them (49:13). His own hand is powerful, able to deliver them from anything (50:2); He goes before them and covers them from behind (52:12).
Truthfully we could go on and on, but clearly the Bible teaches we can confidently place our trust in God. He will not forsake His people, and will come to their rescue in times of duress. In light of these glorious truths, we need to ask ourselves some questions:
1. Have I placed my trust in God alone?
2. Have I stressed over things I should have placed in God’s hands?
3. Do I approach the future with confidence, knowing that God will lead me into His perfect will and will bring all His counsel to pass?
Child of God, rejoice greatly, because your God fights for you! Clear out some time and read Isaiah chapters 40-66. This passage will instill faith in you, and drive out the doubts and fears. Our powerful God works on behalf of those who trust in Him. He possesses both the wisdom and power to bring about a perfect solution for you. What a joy we can confidently place our trust in Him!
Posted on Thu, October 1, 2015
by Sam Petitfils