When you pass through the waters…

“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}

I can’t stand the bottoms of my pant-legs to be soggy from walking in the rain, but if I’ve been walking through the rain with a friend, somehow it’s not so bad. Sometimes God calls us to walk in the rain, to pass through the waters and through the rivers. But He doesn’t call us to do it alone. He’s right beside us and the current of His love is stronger than the tide.

Let’s not forget what happened when He called the children of Israel to cross the Red Sea. He parted the waters! But remember He didn’t just part the waters, He went before them and behind them. There is nothing sweeter than the promise of His presence.

Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night without one coming near the other all night. {Exodus 14:19-20}

What was the purpose of them crossing through the waters? It was two-fold.
1)So the Lord would get the glory over Pharaoh and all his army and the Egyptians would know He is the Lord. (Exodus 14:4, 18)
2)So the Israelites would see God’s omnipotence and fear Him. Their faith in the Lord was strengthened. (Exodus 14:31)

Maybe you’re walking through a puddle today or maybe you feel like you’re crossing the Red Sea, but take heart, friend. You’re not getting wet alone. He’s right there with you.

[Check out one of my favorite hymns that has a couple of stanzas based off Isaiah 43:2]


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