“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”(Isaiah 43:2).
Reflecting on the Exodus, the Jordan Crossing led by Joshua, the Hebrew boys thrown in fire and the verse above is taking on a new meaning.
This promise that God gives of being with us through rivers and fires is not an abstract concept for us to hold on to. It is a literal concept.
These events happened because God was building a foundation of faith for us. God knew a time would come when all that was required of us in dealing with us would be faith.
These people who had to cross through seas and be thrown in fire didn’t have any physical experience they could hold on to, yet they trusted God and experienced His power.
Now, God says to us that when we go through the fires and waters of life, He will be with us. They will neither burn nor drown us. He doesn’t tell us this with no track record of His ability to deliver.
Unlike the people in the Biblical records, the Hebrew boys for example, who literally went through fire but had nobody else’s experience of deliverance from fire to hold on to when they said :
“Yet even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image that you set up”(Daniel 3:18)
We have various instances of people who God has delivered from both literal and figurative fires and waters.
Without faith we cannot please God but even if we insist that we must see before we believe, we have the records of God in the Bible which isn’t just the living Word of God but an accurate historical book.
Believe that when you go through fires and waters, you will come out untouched for if He did it before, He will do it again!
“For I am the LORD, I change not”(Malachi 3:6).