But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 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 43:1-2
This text from Isaiah is one of comfort for any and all of God’s children. It has always been a favorite scripture of mine to read when things in my life are not going according to “my” plan.
The most powerful feeling in the freedom that comes with our salvation, in Jesus Christ, is spending our eternal lives in Heaven with Him and those of our family and friends that were believers that have gone on before. The next greatest Joy is knowing that God has a plan and purpose for each of us while we are living in this life.
We can find comfort that His priority is for us to know that He loves us beyond anything in His creation. His promise of redemption is real both in our eternal lives and our daily lives while we journey through our lives here on earth.
Even if our day-to-day circumstances may not be what we would choose for ourselves we have to acknowledge in faith that we are right where God needs us to be in preparing us for the future that He has prepared for each of us.
It seems like the world today will “overwhelm” and “consume” our lives at every turn that we make. If we can spend more time with God to really know how much He loves us, we could strengthen our faith that there are no circumstances that He does not own and control.
If the world and its circumstances are under His control, then in our times of trouble may we try to not ask so much “WHY” which implies that if we knew the reason that we would actually try to understand the timeless wisdom of God.
May we seek to ask Him “WHAT” – What does he want us to learn while we are in the circumstances that we are in. What can we learn that moves us to change our heart to be more in alignment with His heart and may we hear Him call our name and live our lives knowing that we are His.
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