Sunday, October 12, 2008
Isaiah 43 verse 2
When you walk through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned.
This promise does not tell us that we shall not pass through deep water, nor does it say we shall not cross turbulent rivers, nor walk in the furnace of affliction. What it does say is that, though those things may come to us, we need not go through them alone. The Great I AM will go with us every step of the way. He measures the depth of the water, the swiftness of the river's current, the intensity of the furnace heat. And His love will not allow the water to be one fraction of an inch deeper than we can pass through. His compassion will not allow the river's current to be one mite stronger than we can stand. His goodness will control the temperature of the furnace so that it will only refine our gold.
Oliver G. Wilson
Taken from the Book, "Today, LORD, I Will"
My Note: Over the past 23 years this book has been my favorite devotional packed with so many solid truths about God's Word and how to live as a Christian. Many times our lives are filled with tragedy, heartache, financial struggles, and other various trials that come our way. But there is a truth that is hard for many Christians to grasp. Trials will come! It is a way of life for the believer. And when they do we should not feel that our Heavenly Father is punishing us for some wrong doing or that He has abandoned us, but His desire is to perfect us into His image. The trials are our training ground. The question is...will we be willing to trust Him through the trials or will we be rebellious and try to take matters into our own hands?