“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Isaiah 43:2 NLT
I’ve read this verse so many times, each time soaking in the comfort it provides. Yet, when I read it again recently, there was more.
There was still the comfort and reassurance I was seeking, but there was also the reminder to persevere.
As much as I’d like God to remove the obstacles and difficulties I’m facing, that doesn’t always happen. He does promise, though, to be there with me.
As I persevere through the deep waters of disappointment and discouragement, He walks through the waves with me.
As I persevere through life’s storms and the rivers of difficulty, He keeps me from drowning.
As I persevere through the flames of oppression, hardship, and suffering, He keeps me from burning.
As I persevere through daily difficulties and life’s hardest days, God is there, walking with me—making sure it doesn’t consume me.
His promise to you, and to me—
He will be with us every step of the way.
Guiding, guarding, and protecting.
Offering strength, comfort, and reassurance.
Today and all of our tomorrows.
We only have to look to Him, trust Him, and rely upon Him.
He will be by your side, and mine, as we persevere one day at a time.
“When you face stormy seas I will be there with you with endurance and calm; you will not be engulfed in raging rivers. If it seems like you’re walking through fire with flames licking at your limbs, keep going; you won’t be burned.“ Isaiah 43:2 VOICE