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. Isaiah 43:2
One thing that is guaranteed in this life on earth is trouble. Every person has struggles and challenges in life. Sometimes it is a daily occurrence, while other times it is just on occasion.
The greatest challenge during times of trouble is that one often feels alone and that he is about to be destroyed. There often does not appear to be any way to really survive the situation and no one is there to help. It looks like the end of the world is near for the person.
Isaiah quotes God in saying that He is with the person when going through various troubles and challenges. As one is going through those problems, he will not be hurt or destroyed.
At the point that Adam and Eve had sinned and were kicked out of the garden of Eden, there has been troubles in this life on earth. Satan is fighting to keep every person away from God or to turn away from Him.
In some of these struggles of life it is if the person is going through a physical fire or a raging river. There does not appear to be any way to survive the trouble.
While the world gives into the trouble and discouragement, the believer can have a hope to survive. Jesus had promised that there would be troubles, but God also promised to be with the believer.
It may be painful and scary as one is going through a raging flood of problems, but he can know that God is right there with him holding his hand and guiding him. God will bring the believer through the situation to salvation on the other side.
God is with you also. You do not need to fear the troubles or what may be the outcome.
The most that these troubles can do is destroy your body. They cannot destroy your soul, the most important thing. God has your soul in His hand. Trust Him to hold on to it and bring you through the struggles.
Most of these troubles will not destroy your body, but only be an inconvenience for a time. God will use those troubles to build you and move you forward in Him. These troubles will pass away.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God is by your side; that you will know that God is holding you; and that God will save you in the end if you continue to trust Him.
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. Isaiah 26:8
Waiting for someone or something is a thing that most people do not like to do. Everyone wants things right away on their own time.
It is common to see people fidgeting while waiting in a line, or sitting frustrated while waiting to move forward. As they wait, they are thinking about all the things that they could be doing, if they did not have to wait. Often there comes a great anger during this waiting, because the person is no longer in control of the situation and timing of everything.
In Isaiah’s prayer, he tells God that they are waiting for Him, that He is the desire of their hearts. However, as they are waiting, they are also walking in His ways.
Most believers are waiting on God for something. They are waiting on Him to answer some prayer that is upon their heart. This prayer could be for themselves or for someone else, but it is a desire of theirs.
While waiting, just like waiting in a line, many will also get frustrated. They are upset that God is not moving any faster than what He is doing. It is common to see one stop in his tracks to wait for God. Some will stop believing in God, because He did not answer fast enough for their liking.
The true believer in God will not stop, but will continue to walk in His ways. They will live a Jesus did, continuing their mission upon this earth, while they wait for God to answer their prayers.
The desire of their heart is God, so they will live for Him and wait upon Him, not just sitting and doing nothing. They will continue to be active for God.
Focus your heart upon Him and desire God in all that you do. As you are waiting for Him to answer your heart’s prayers, keep walking. Keep being His witness in this world. Continue to live for God and to be His witness in this world.
Do not let and unanswered prayer stop you or distract you from living for God. Keep walking and do not stop. Live for God in every area of your life.
God will show up at the right time and answer your prayer, until then keep walking and waiting.
I pray today that you will seek to know God more; that God will be the full desire of your heart; that God will strengthen you to keep walking in His ways; and that you will work for God as you wait for Him.