This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary …
God Is with You
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. 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. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
Wits’ end is meant to refine us. It tests us to the core and swallows up all our human endeavors. Was it not for God’s sustaining grace, even when we’re not aware of it, there would be no hope. Today’s verses are some of the most comforting ones when we “pass through the waters” or “walk through fire.”
When the waters—the circumstances of life—overwhelm us, He’s with us in the darkest days of our lives. When everything is burnt up that gave us a sense of comfort and safety, we’ll still be safe and secure, engraved in the palm of His hand.
Notice how God already prepared them for the difficulties that were to come. He didn’t say if but when. As Christians, we need to be prepared. Paul warned us: “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty” (2 Tim. 3:1). Christian leaders need to properly prepare the flock, lest they bear responsibility for those who were inadequately equipped when difficulty hits.
How did God prepare His people for the waters, rivers, and fire? He gave us three reasons to not fear when we encounter overwhelming circumstances: (1) Christ’s finished work, (2) His personal call, and (3) the confirmation that we are His. The more grounded we are in these gospel realities, the more stable and secure we’ll be, especially in difficult times. Ultimately, only these realities will stand the test of time. They are our sole comfort as we “pass through the waters” and “walk through fire.”
Through His Son, the Father made an all-sufficient payment for all the sins we would commit and all the righteousness we need. He had planned and purposed this payment before He created anything. He also personally called us in time through the live-giving power of the Holy Spirit, so that we would “obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 2:14). He bought us for that eternal glory. We are His! That’s true right now and forevermore.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You have redeemed me and that I am Yours.
The Devotional Writer
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