Just Passing Through

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. ~ Isaiah 43:2

There is no mistake or confusion; we are not promised a rose garden with only sunshine and blue skies. We WILL have trials; we WILL have temptations; we WILL have hardships. We WILL be called haters and bigots because we love Jesus and have a burning desire to ambitiously share His saving grace with a world that does not want to hear. We will face all manner of evil that is desperately trying to hush up the Gospel. So, be prepared for some rain. Plan to do some weeding, and be ready for a whole lot of sweating. In short, be prepared for some hard work.

But there is good news. For even though we go through the waters, even though we pass through the fire, they will not sweep over us; they will not set us ablaze; they will not overcome us. They will not defeat us. For the LORD, our God is with us and not against us. He is our buckler and our shield. His name is a strong tower that the righteous can run into and be saved. He WILL NOT let our circumstances defeat us or destroy us. So, we should not either.

Be determined beforehand how you will react to certain circumstances. Be bold and confident because He is there with us, shielding us and protecting us. For when you go through the stormy waters of trials, He is there. When you struggle through the fiery tribulations of life, He is there; when you face joblessness or closed doors, fear not, for greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Our God will never leave you nor forsake you; He will even carry you if necessary.

My Heavenly Father, LORD God Almighty, please give my sister comfort in her troubles today; please grant peace to my struggling brother and provide for that family who is trying to make ends meet and finding it difficult. May their day be like no other day, with open doors and new opportunities. Please grant favor to Your children, and please open our eyes to see the way out that You have provided. Please bring Your people safely through whatever troubles we face today. In Jesus precious name, amen.

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