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.
Not if, just when.
Sometimes the rivers overwhelm me. I am surprised to find myself in life up to my eyeballs. Sometimes what should be a small trial — a difficult week with too much going on — threatens to overflow me. Other times a truly significant testing of faith is the fire I face.
But so the path of Jesus leads — there will be waters, there will be fires, and
“We can’t go under them, we can’t go over them; Oh, no! We’ve got to go through them!” (Name that book.)
But here is my very favorite truth of the gospel: God with us.
“I will be with you.”
This morning, as a new day dawns and we have yet to see what waters or fires may await us, I can already know that there is a way through. And it is with Jesus.