Devotional: March 4, 2021
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
These verses from the prophet Isaiah are among the 100 most popular bible verses. They are words of assurance and comfort. These words have been there for people through centuries of disasters and destruction. Looking at the news headlines, one can see why. Natural and human-caused disasters are part of life. Isaiah knew this when he wrote these words thousands of years ago. When they do occur, people often ask themselves, “Will I succumb to this disaster?” and “Will God protect me during this terrible time?”
These verses promise us the presence and protection of the Lord, even during awful disasters. The promise of God’s presence is often so very meaningful to people going through such experiences. They may be thinking, “Does this terrible calamity mean that God has abandoned me?” and “Is there any hope?”
The beginning of the verse makes it clear that despite rising floodwaters, God is still there. Through fires, God is still there. This passage offers solid ground for those who feel like the ground is falling away beneath them. The words assure you that no matter where you are, or what you are doing, you are not alone.
The overriding promise of this verse is that we will survive. This is a promise most of us are clinging to as we begin to emerge from this deadly COVID-19 pandemic. It is also a promise of hope that we can all cling to when future disasters come our way, for they most likely will.
Disasters of all kinds may turn our world upside down. Fortunately, our God can turn our life right side up. Our hope rests on one who is not of this world: God Himself! Praise Him for his presence, and protection from the many storms of life…
Thank You, dear Lord, for Your words of promise and protection. Help me to find peace and security in these words, and to trust You to care for me now and in the future. Forgive me when I take my eyes off of You, and forget your calming assurance and presence. May I trust You completely, and show others how to trust You as well.
With a thankful heart, I pray this prayer in Your holy name, Amen