by Pastor Mark Jordan
“But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, 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 43:1-3a, NIV)
This is one of my favorite passages in all of Scripture. I remember studying it in seminary, and having it take on a whole new meaning when my dad fell terminally ill with cancer. Even to this day, I read it in many memorial services, because of the hope it provides.
Note that this passage doesn’t say you won’t encounter the flames or floods. We want it to, and if the flames lick or waters leak, we might be inclined to think we did something wrong. Take a look again, though, and embrace the hope that God gives.
Whenever you go through the floods and flames of hell, you do not go through them alone. And God isn’t just some impersonal presence; no, He knows your name and claims you as His own. You might get singed, and you might get soaked, but you will never be lost. Fear not. God has His hand on you, and promises to save you. Always.
Will you let Him?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your love and presence in my life. Forgive me the times I feel alone when the waters rise and the flames rage. I know you claim me as your own, and promise to save me. Thank you. I praise you, and pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.