When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior. ISA. 43:2-3
When I read these verses I was stunned at the healing that took place in my heart. The word of the Lord is truly like a sword and then like a soothing, healing balm. I did not come across these verses in the bible, rather, I read it in the introduction to a chapter in Beth Moore’s Breaking Free book. I have been meditating on these verses for about two weeks now, and they are still having a profound effect on me.
My mentor has told me several times that this term on the mission field is God’s classroom for John and I. Sometimes I feel like telling God that I have learned enough for now, but the Lord keeps pushing us to learn more. When we learn what we need to from Him it’s as if He caps off His lesson with” for I am the LORD, your God.” And He is isn’t He? No matter the trial, struggle, temptation, or suffering , the LORD our God is GOD. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is worthy to be praised.
When I read Isaiah 43: 2-3 for the first time many of our struggles came to my mind. All of you have walked through some of them by reading our blog and some have remained personal to us. Yet big or small, personal or posted about , the conclusion remained the same: God is God is GOD. I see Him. I can see Him in my loneliness and depression. I can see Him in the hurricane. I can see Him in death and in new life. I see Him through the cloud of doctors visits and surgeries. He was there when our families at home hurt and there when we felt inadequate. He was with us when we wondered if Malachi would survive. He was even there when doubts crept in, or when anger threatened to defeat us. When we passed through the waters, rivers, and fires He was with us. When we felt that we could not go another day He told us ” You must because I am the Holy one of Israel, your Savior.”
The wonderful discovery is this: I Kings 19: 11-12 says, “And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.” You see, the Lord was not in all the loud rumblings, no, He was in the peace that passes all understanding. We can look back and see The low whispers of the Lord that sustained us. When Malachi was going through his difficulties my heart was at peace. There were so many things around to distract me but I was able to recognize the Lord because I had seen Him before, in the peaceful times of our trials. It is so familiar now. His presence is big and strong, but not that of an earthquake (or hurricane) or fire, no, HE IS STRONGER in that He grants peace IN THE MIDST of the hard times. That is a BIG God.
He says in the verses in Isaiah, “they will not sweep over you” and “you will not be burned.” Why? FOR I AM THE LORD. Then I realized another thing. He allowed us to walk through those times, never leaving our side. He ordained those painful moments to happen to us because He is God, and He will be magnified and exulted even through our pain. He uses it to show us His might and His power through His peace. It’s God’s classroom, and if we are striving to be more like Christ, then we are in the right place.
Allow God to heal your heart with His word and with the knowledge that He is God.