Saturday, May 02, 2009

Through the Rivers

"Fear not, 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 43:1b-3a, English Standard Version

Through the Rivers

Isaiah 43 is one of the most precious portions of Scripture for the Christian, especially at a time when the world seems to be falling apart. Daily we hear reports of tornadoes, hurricanes, wars, and now even an approaching pandemic. What is the world coming to?

As these continuing tragedies break forth upon the earth, the Christian need not fear. Will we pass through the rivers? Yes, but they will not sweep over us. Will we go through the fire? Yes, but we will not be burned. Christ promises to be with his children as they pass through the water, and when encompassed with flames, they will not be burned.

How is this possible?

For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior

We Christians need to awake from our sleep and understand the events that are swirling all around us. Especially here in the USA, we have been lulled to sleep by our affluence. But, will that affluence protect us from the storms of life--from the fire, from the pandemics, and from the raging rivers?

No! Only Christ can protect us and take us through the rivers, through the flames, and through world-wide pandemics without harm. Does that mean we, as Christians, will not die from the current strain of untreatable flu? No. But it does mean that if the Lord chooses that we go home to be with the Lord in this manner, we will have reached the end of suffering forevermore!

Simply amazing, is it not?

Go today, through the fire, through the rivers, and through whatever storms of life threaten you this day, and thank God for His ever abiding love and faithfulness.

God Bless You,

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