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. Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)
That is a very important word. What is a very important word? “Through,” is a very important word. Why is that? You will pass through waters. You will pass through rivers. You will walk through fire. You will not drown. The rivers will not sweep over you. You will not be burned. You will not be set ablaze. The waters and rivers and fires are not a permanent condition. They will not endure. They will not last forever. You will endure. You will last forever. I have been and will continue to keep you in the palm of my hand. I will watch over you. I will take care of you. Soon enough, this sin broken life, that is yours to live, will one day be over. Then you will come to live forever in heaven with me. In heaven, there is no sickness or sadness or suffering. In heaven, you will regard your trials and troubles of this life as a momentary difficulty. They are painful and difficult and troubling now. Then, they will be insignificant, like the blink of an eye or a snap of the fingers and they will be gone. So, can you understand the importance of that momentary and temporary word, “through?” Yes, I can. That is very good.
Nevertheless, your trials and troubles of this life, as painful as they are, can bring you great benefit. How so? What have you done as you have gone through trials and troubles? I have cried out to you. I have asked for your help. I have placed all my faith and hope and trust in you. That is exactly what you have done. Would you say that your faith is stronger or weaker because you have gone through troubles and trials with me? My faith is stronger, because I have gone through troubles and trials, with you, without a doubt. Yes, it is. Would you say that your relationship with me has grown sweeter and more intimate as you have gone through troubles and trials with me or has it grown less sweet and more distant. My relationship with you has also grown sweeter and more intimate as I have gone through troubles and trials with you, there is no doubt about that either. Yes, that is also true. I will be with you through your every trouble and trial in life. Never forget this. Never stop relying on me. Never stop placing all your faith and hope and trust in me. I will never stop relying on you. That is very good.
Lord, I know I will certainly go through fiery trials in this sin broken life. I also know you will be with me to help me through whatever difficulty comes my way. I will rely on you. I will trust you fully. I will place all my faith in you. Lead with through every trial. Amen
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