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.

Isaiah 43:2

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?


grey like snuffie said...

AMEN and AMEN--love what you shared from that devotional. thanks

Kathy said...

A wonderful verse which has given me much comfort over the years, and a beautiful quote. Thank you for sharing it, Cori.
Have a beautiful Sunday...

ellen b. said...

Beautiful words for our times Cori. This passage became very dear to me when we lost our dream home because of landslide issues.

KatCollects said...

Wow, I loved reading this, it really spoke to me. I have had some very big trials to get through with my Son this past year, and so much heartache. I really needed to read this :*) thank you!

grey like snuffie said...

Morning Cori, I just found a comment left way back in Sept. from someone who said they knew you or worked with you, Nancy J. with a blogspot called ephesians517---I can't ever get that site to come up. Can you help me out or if you know this person let them know I would include them on our list if I could connect with their site. I feel bad, I was checking my original post about the ABC's of the Word every other day and then I forgot to do that. Thanks Cori, have a grand day!

Beverly said...

Cori, this is wonderful. I always know that when I come to visit you, you will share love and joy.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Wonderful post! I so enjoyed stopping by and catching up!

Pat said...

Hi Cori
I gave you an award on my blog today! You are a best friend forever!

I love this verse and I know you often quote from this exquisite book.

I'm glad God was with me Friday -- I had a hard task to accomplish. I'll talk to you about it soon

Hugs, Pat

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet Cori!

You always lift my soul by your beautiful blog and sweet words! So glad we share the same taste in PINK china!


Jan and Tom's Place said...

What a great post!!

I'm doing fine...just really busy and not making the "rounds" as much either!!

I figured we needed a lamp...why not a beautiful one?