Isa 43:1 -3 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
I can remember when this passage first became alive to me. I had just surrendered to the call to preach. I can’t tell you how many times that the Holy Spirit has brought this passage back to me during a time of challenge, or during some spiritual battle.
This past Friday we were in Springfield, Missouri helping our son and daughter in law move into a new house. I had to haul a baby crib from one side of town to a suburb about fifteen minutes away. I didn’t have any straps with me to put around the baby crib. The crib was heavy enough that I didn’t think that it would either blow out or fall out. None the less I knew that I would have to drive carefully in the Springfield traffic. I knew that I didn’t need to make any sharp, or unexpected quick turns with the steering wheel.
I had my radio set to a Christian station out there that is called The Oasis. When I turned the radio on there was a song being played with the words from Isaiah 43:1-3. Then following that they played the instrumental version of “Sing Alleluia to The Lord. I have sung that song with so many special people on so many special occasions that I can’t name them all. I felt like that was the Holy Spirit assuring me that the Lord had me surrounded with His angels and that He would help me to make the delivery without any problem.
Isn’t it great the assurance that we have from the Lord that He cares about everything in our lives? Because the Lord is with us, we don’t have to fear when we go through challenging times, or when we are in unfamiliar places. Jesus said in Mt 10:30-31 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. “Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” He has promised us that He will never leave us: For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”(NKJV)
Sometimes we may be in situations or circumstances that it feels like we are in the midst of the sea, and the waters are about to overcome us. He reminded Israel of when He parted the waters for them. It is a reminder to us that He will part waters for us when we are in some overwhelming situations. Sometimes we go through situations and circumstances where the fires of life really heat up. We may feel like we are about to be consumed by the fires of life. But He has promised us that we will not be burned, or scorched by them.
Today no matter whether you are experiencing some tough trial, or whether it may be something that others would regard as a small challenge know that God is with you. He wants to be with us in every part of our lives. So today put your name in this passage where it says Israel. Take joy that at the cross Jesus has redeemed us as people of the promise. The Apostle Paul said it like this: 2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. (NKJV)
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we thank You that through the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit that You are always with us. Thank You that in big things that You are with us. Thank You that in the small things that You are with us. Thank You that we do not have to fear the evil one. Thank You that You will be with us in every situation and circumstance working for our good and for Your glory.
In Jesus Name
Love you all very much. We all go through different seasons in our lives. I pray for all of us that we all be seasoned as salt in whatever season that God has us in.