“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.
When I was a little boy, my best friend and I loved to explore the woods behind our homes. We could go for hours climbing trees, crawling under logs, throwing rocks, and catching lizards and frogs. One Saturday morning we came up on a pack of dogs, probably about 6 to 7 – big, small, medium sized, scrawny looking creatures. We both knew it would not be a good idea to run, and we were smart enough to know the best case scenario would be if they did not see us. My heart was pounding. My friend looked at me, back at the pack of dogs, and then up in a tree. We decided to climb the big oak until the dogs left. About 30 minutes later, the dogs were far enough away that we felt we could come down and head home.
As we walked, my friend boasted to me he really wasn’t scared at all. I echoed his words. Then we both laughed and swore we’d never tell our parents because they wouldn’t let us go into the woods again. But deep in my heart, I knew my prayer that day. I knew as I climb the tree and sat on the limbs, WHO was with me. And even though I was scared out of my mind, I knew in my heart, God would take care of us.
The significance of the verse from Isaiah is that we are never alone. It is not just that He is with us as we pass through the water; or He is with us as we pass through the rivers; or He is with us as we walk through the fire; He is with us ALWAYS.
Today, as you reflect on the Word of God, thank Him for being with you no matter what your circumstances.