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When You Pass Through the Waters

September 29, 2014

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When You  Pass Through  the Waters

Our LORD wants  to comfort  and reassure us  as we face dangers  and troubles.     So,  He gently speaks  to us  in Isaiah 43:1-3,

But now,  thus says the LORD,  your Creator,  O Jacob,
And He  who formed you,  O Israel,
“Do not fear,  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 will not overflow you.
When you walk through  the fire,  you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame  burn you.      

“For I am the LORD  your God,
The Holy one  of Israel,  your Savior.”

God made us  and loves us.     More than that,  He has also redeemed us  in Christ Jesus.     When God says,  “You are Mine!”  He is showing  how very dear  we are  to Him.     So,  in whatever danger  we need  to face  in this life,  the LORD promises,  “I will be with you”.     When we read about passing  “through the waters”,  we think  of Israel  crossing the Red Sea  on dry ground,  in Exodus 14,  and marvel  at how they all crossed safely.     When we read about “when you walk through the fire”,  we think  of Shadrach,  Meshach  and Abed-nego  when they were thrown  into the fiery furnace  in Daniel 3.

Then we think  of Jesus’ promise  in Matthew 28:19-20,

I am with you always,  even to the end  of the age.

We might imagine  that we will be  physically invincible  in every situation.     But,  we must also consider  what Jesus said  in Matthew 24:9,

Then they will deliver you  to tribulation,  and will kill you,  and you will be hated  by all nations  because of My name.

Jesus also spoke  of such tribulations  in Luke 11:49,

The wisdom  of God said,  “I will send  to them prophets  and apostles,  and some  of them  they will kill  and some  they will persecute.”

How can God keep His promise  of keeping us safe,  while also saying some  of His children  will be killed  and persecuted?

It’s as Shadrach,  Meshach  and Abed-nego said  in Daniel 3:17-18,

Our God  whom we serve  is able  to deliver us  from the furnace  of blazing fire;  and He will deliver us out  of your hand,  O king.     But even if He does not,  let it be known  to you,  O king,  that we are not going  to serve your gods  or worship  the golden image  that you have set up.

God is fully capable of rescuing us physically.     But,  there are times  when God’s wisdom  allows His children  to be killed  and persecuted.     Even then,  God is  with us  to the end.     He protects us spiritually  and takes us  to our home  in heaven,  where we will see  the great love  in His wisdom.

In awe  of God’s great leading,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You suffered  and died  to take away  our sins.     Let us always remember  Your glory  and love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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