But now the Lord who created you, O Israel, says, Don't be afraid, for I have ransomed you; I have called you by name; you are mine, When you go through deep waters and great trouble, 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. For I am the Lord your God, your Savior, the Holy One of Israel.
It was a few years back, when someone shared this scripture visually with me. It stuck...and has never left me. The speaker suggested that we replace our own names into the verses, where ever the word YOU, was mentioned. Try that....It becomes a powerful lesson in trusting God. She also stressed that God never promised us an easy way out. Many times, believers feel because they have made a new step of faith, that life would be easy...
We all know that we will go through difficult times in our lives, but if we invite the Lord to go with us, it will make our load lighter. He did not say that he would keep us from difficult times. Going through difficult times can cause us to drown or force us to grow stronger. He promises that he will protect us. Just as a father would care for his child.
"I will be with you. Don't Be afraid, I am here to help you."
Renewed hope to all of you going through difficult situations.