“But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Isaiah 43:1-2

For the past few days, we have been looking at scriptures that deal with God blessing us with the river of life. But just because we have put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ does not mean that we will just drift peacefully through life. There are times when we will face difficulties, trials, and uncomfortable situations. God’s promise does not change. He has promised to be with us even at those times. He will always give us the strength and direction to meet life’s obstacles.

Remember the time when God’s people were in captivity in Babylon. Psalm 137 records their distress as they sat by the rivers of Babylon weeping. They had forgotten the promise they had received that their captivity would only be for a season and that one day they would return to their own country. They had laid aside their musical instruments and were feeling sorry for themselves. But God had not forsaken them, and He wanted them to sing and praise Him regardless of their situation.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:18

That scripture is very easy to obey when everything is going well. But, not as easy, when we are passing through the waters. We may not be able to praise Him for the trial or for the difficulty, but we can praise Him for the strength He gives us. We have His sure promise, that He will never leave us nor forsake us. As we lift our hearts and voices to Him in praise, He lifts the burden and gives us peace and joy.

Whatever you may be going through today, you can be assured that the Lord knows all about it, and He knows exactly how things are going to work together for your good. The answer may not come today, but hang in there, it is on the way.

Prayer: Jesus, you know all about the struggles we are facing today. We give them to you, knowing that you do all things well. Help us to trust your promises.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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