But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 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. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; (Isaiah 43:1-3).
God does not promise the Christian that he will never have trials. In fact……. just the opposite is true. Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters… when you walk through the fire.”
Everyone is going to face the “flood and flames” of life. It is true that many things that we must learn can only be learned though trials. However, the Christian can face these experiences of life with assurance that Christ is going to go through the flood and the flames with him to guide and strengthen him. I find three important promises within this wonderful passage of Scripture:
1. First, God’s Divine Presence will sustain us through the flood and the flames.
Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”
We do not face our struggles alone. God is there in every situation. You will never have to face a circumstance, a trial, or trouble in which God is not there to bring you through. Every flame and flood has a reason. I admonish you to lean upon Christ. He will always be there waiting to help and strengthen. He has promised, ..”I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
2. Secondly, God’s Divine Protection will sustain us through the flood and the flames.
Isaiah 43:2 says, “…when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned.” Certainly the three Hebrew children who were cast into the fiery furnace learned this truth. They discovered that God’s mighty hand was able to protect even in what seemed to be a hopeless situation. When facing a furnace heated seven times hotter than ever before, God was there to assist.
In fact, after being taken from the furnace, Danie13:27 says, “…the fire had no power, nor was a hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.” You can trust the living God for help and protection. He will strengthen you in your time of need.
3. Lastly, God’s Divine Provision will sustain you through the flood and the flames.
Many times it is not God’s will that we escape trouble, but rather His will that we learn of His provision through the trouble. I have seen God heal people, including myself, miraculously. But that is not always the will of God.
As Christians, one of the most difficult lessons we must learn is how to accept the will of God. God’s will is always the best way for our lives, but not always the easiest way.
The Apostle Paul, who had to be the greatest Christian that ever lived, had a thorn in the flesh. It was not God’s will to remove this thorn. However, God did provide Paul with extra grace to sustain him. Pain is a part of living. Even our Lord endured the sufferings of Calvary on our behalf because it was the will of God. God will provide whatever you need to face life’s struggles.
If the flood and the flames are upon you, turn to the Word of God. Anchor yourself to a promise from the Word of God. God will be with you; He will protect you; and He will provide for you. He is able, He knows your name, He says, “Fear not “