“Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not over- flow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour” (Isaiah 43:1-3).
What a marvelous promise from the Word of God! So often “life strikes a minor chord” and we find ourselves in the midst of the flood and the flames. When trouble comes we often are overcome by fear. Let me say to you that God’s precious Word can conquer the fears that you have and overcome all your anxieties.
Isaiah 43:1 says, “…Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.” If you are saved (redeemed) you belong to God. He bought you with the price of His own blood. He knows your name. You belong to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the God Who is the creator and sustainer of the universe. He cares about you very much.
Once I came across Isaiah 43:1-3 when I was facing “the flood and the flames.” Never had I faced such fear and uncertainty. I was on the verge of tears for several days as I faced a terrifying storm. Several times I had to get alone with God, and weeping, beg for His help. I was afraid and needed something special from God to handle this new fear that gripped my heart with an iron hold.
It was then that I began to search the Scriptures for a promise from God that would give me strength to go through the storm I was in with courage and assurance that God was in control. I knew that God was not giving me this fear, for II Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” As I begged God for help, Isaiah 43:1-3 seemed to leap off the pages of Scripture and plant itself firmly in the depths of my heart. I found new hope and peace of mind as I rested in this great promise from God.
God does not promise the Christian that he will never have trials. In fact, just the opposite is true. Isaiah 43:2 says, “When thou passest through the waters…when thou walkest 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. God’s Divine PRESENCE will sustain us through the flood and the flames.
Isaiah 43:2 says, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee.”
We do not face our struggles alone. God is there in every situation. You will never have to face a circumstance, 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 thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).
2. Secondly, God’s Divine PROTECTION will sustain us through the flood and the flames.
The trials of life are inescapable. Every person must face them. But how wonderful to know that God is there to protect us with His omnipotent power.
Isaiah 43:2 says, “…when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned” Certainly the three Hebrew children who were cast into the fiery furnace discovered this truth.
I learned 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, Daniel 3:27 says, “…the fire had no power, nor was an 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.
Friend, 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.”
Though the flood and the flames are upon you, God’s Word and His grace will sustain you. Never fear, He is there. And He knows every care. His love and His power will bring victory.