Isaiah 43:1-3 NKJV But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass 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, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;”
There are times in our lives, according to Ecclesiastes 3:1, when we experience different types of life events. The Bible records them as “seasons” and says that there is a time for every purpose under heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war,And a time of peace.
This week there are many who are going through a time of weeping; a time of sorrow and mourning. It is a sad time for them. The Bible says that there will be “times” or “seasons” for these things, but just as the seasons of our world change, so will the seasons in our lives. It is at these “times” of sorrow or fear or uncertainty that we can take refuge in God; we can find comfort in His Word and we can experience peace through the power of His Spirit within us. God is the One who created all things and knows His creation the best. He is the One who goes before us into all seasons of our lives and prepares the way for us to be successful and prosperous in them. He says in Isaiah 43:1 that we do not have to fear in these “times” for He is the One who has redeemed us. We are His and He has called us by name.
I have a unique name, Avanell, and many have difficulty saying it and remembering it. But I do not have to worry about God being able to remember my name. He knows me. I am known by my Creator. He has called us by name!
Isaiah 49:15, 16 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are ever before Me.
God remembers each one of us. He has us inscribed on the palms of His hands. He is aware of every season of life and knows how to guide us through each one. We do not have to fear what lies ahead of us because He knows us intimately and cares for us through each “season” of our lives. God didn’t promise that there would not be “seasons” of heartache and disappointment, but He did promise us that He would go with us through them; that He would make sure we made it through the “seasons” of difficulty. That is a comfort to me. It encourages me to know that the God of all creation is holding my hand as I hurt; that He is shining a light before me so I can see to make my way through that particular “season” of life. I know that I will make it because He is my Savior; the One who has bought me back from the dominion of sin and darkness. He is the Light who lights my way; He is my Redeemer!
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
He is our God; the One who is there to help us, to strengthen us and to lead us through to victory.
Isaiah 41:13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’.
They say that the spirit realm is the most active in the early morning hours. It is at that time that a person is the most likely to be visited in their dreams by the evil one who comes to plant fear and despair in their mind. I have so many times been awakened at around 3-3:30 a.m. with fearful thoughts and a heaviness that’s like a dark cloud hanging over my head. It is then that I have to take a stand against the evil one to remind him that my God is the One who controls my life; He is the One in whom I place my trust when fear comes knocking at my door. He has said that when I walk through the waters He will be with me and when I go through the rivers they will not overflow me; even when I walk through the fire I shall not be burned or scorched because He is my God; my Savior!
Shadrach, Meschach, and Abed-Nego went through a time of fire in their walk with the Lord when they refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar and worship the gold image that he had set up. They held fast to their God and the scripture records that when they went through that fiery furnace that they threw them into that their oppressors looked in and saw not just the three that had been thrown in but a fourth man walking with them that looked like the Son of God. They said that Shadrach, Meschach, and Abed-Nego were loosed of the ropes that had bound them; they were not hurt, the hair of their heads was not singed nor were their garments affected. They didn’t even smell like smoke when they came out of that furnace. (Daniel 3:13-30)
God was right there with them, walking through the fire with them and enabling them to come out unharmed. That’s the God that we serve! He is the God of impossibilities. He takes care of His own!
This morning you may be walking through a fire of your own. This may be a season of sorrow or discouragement for you. If so, hang on to the hand of your Savior! He will walk with you through it and the “season” will pass.
Father, I thank You for going before us into every season of our lives. And I thank You for walking with us through them. I know that You hold us by the hand to walk us through the difficult times as well as the good times. Thank You for being a personal God; One who knows Your children and calls them by their names. Thank You for taking a personal interest in each of our lives. Father, I pray for those who are sorrowing today. I ask You to be close to them; to let them feel Your presence; to give them the supernatural strength that only comes from You for the day that they are facing. I pray that they will recognize Your hand upon them and that they will sense a closeness with You that they have not known before. Heal their broken hearts, comfort them and strengthen them. Father, remind them that this season in their lives will pass and a brighter one lies ahead of them. Thank You for being there with them, Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Today’s confession: When I walk through the waters of adversity and fire, I will not drown or be burned for my God holds my hand and leads me through to victory. He knows me and calls me by my name. I am His and He is mine!