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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.  Isaiah 43:2

I can remember taking swimming lessons as a child.  In order to pass, we were required to jump off the diving board.  This terrified me, but it was the final step in proving we could swim.  I did not have a lot of confidence in my ability to accomplish this task.  Finally, the instructor swam out near where I would resurface after jumping and assured me that he would be there if I needed assistance.  The deep water terrified me, but knowing someone was there to save me if I could not make it on my own gave me the courage to complete the task.

Sometimes in life, things get so difficult you literally feel like you are drowning.  The more you struggle the deeper you seem to go.  Maybe things seem totally hopeless.  You try your best, but the situation just continues to get worse.  Isaiah 43:2 reminds us that no matter the battle, God is with us.  He will not let us drown in the raging river or be burned up by the fire.

Exodus 14:13 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still”.  In deep water sometimes you cannot tell which way it is to the surface.  It is a natural instinct to fight for your next breath, but if you will be still your body will typically begin to surface.  Our lives are the same way.  Sometimes, we just need to be still and let God fight for us.  Soon we will see the light begin to emerge at the surface of our problem as God fights for us.

What is the deep water in your life today?  Maybe it’s a relationship that seems to be crumbling at your feet, an addiction that controls your every thought, or financial difficulties that consume all your energy.  Whatever the struggle, God will be with you.  He will not let you drown!

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The Lord goes before youThe journey of life is often long and difficult.  There are many obstacles in our way that cause discouragement, grumbling, and questions. Our circumstances may leave us feeling like the Israelites as God led them to the promised land.  God had promised something better than the life they were leaving, but they faced many struggles along the way.

Exodus 13:17 says, “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter.” Why not? The Israelites were finally free from slavery, and God was leading them to the Promised Land.  Why would He make them go the long way?  As we read on we see that travelling the  shortest route would result in being attacked by the Philistine army.  God knew if they faced a battle, they might turn and head back to Egypt. They simply were not ready. So He protected them from an immediate battle to prevent the Israelites from becoming discouraged and giving up. Ultimately, He knew what was best for them.

Eventually Pharaoh decided he had made a mistake and gathered his army to capture and bring home the Israelites. As they approached the Israelite camp to force them all to go back to Egypt, the people began to panic and cried out to God for help.  When trouble appears in our life, we often respond in the same way.  We panic and cry out to God to help us get through it.  Then they turned on Moses, complaining about his leadership, and wishing they had never left Egypt.  They feared the worst thinking they would surely die there in the desert.  They didn’t even wait for God to answer their cries for help before they began to fear the worst.  Satan uses fear to distract us from trusting God, and we begin to question why He is taking us down this path in life. In Exodus 14:13, Moses says, “Don’t be afraid be brave and you will see the Lord today.”  Moses had faith that God would be with them.

Then in Exodus 14:14, Moses says, “The Lord himself will fight for you.  You won’t have to lift a finger in your defense.”  Hmm…so if we encounter difficulty while travelling the path God planned, He will fight the battles for us!  He doesn’t even need our assistance or advice.  As long as it’s His plan for our lives, He will ensure that things don’t go awry.  There may be difficulties along the way, but ultimately God will protect us every step and nothing will happen that is out of His control.  What a comfort to know that whatever battles come our way, God has it under control!  All we need to do is be still and allow him to work.

At this point the Israelites appeared to be trapped between the wilderness and the sea as the Egyptians approached.  Then as God instructed, Moses held his staff over the water, and a pathway opened across the sea.  The Israelites walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground as water stood like a giant wall on both sides.  The waters closed up behind them and the Egyptians, their chariots, and horsemen were all swept into the sea. God had rescued them from what appeared to be an impossible situation.  There seemed to be no way to survive, but God not only protected them but also removed the threat completely!

Exodus 14:31 says, “And when the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.”  They saw the lengths that God would go through on their behalf to achieve His will in their lives. They began to sing the following praises:  “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.  He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.  The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.”  (Exodus 15:2-3)

Our lives are like the Israelites journey to the promised land.  God has promised something better (heaven), but it’s often a long journey, and there are many difficulties along the way.  Difficult times help us to learn to trust Him, and our faith and relationship with Him will grow stronger.  Although we may grumble and get discouraged going through it, we can trust that He is with us, He has a plan, He will fight for us, and in the end we will see His power.

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DEEP WATER

English: Ramsey Island: rough water near Trwyn...

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.  Isaiah 43:2

I can remember taking swimming lessons as a child.  In order to pass, we were required to jump off the diving board.  This terrified me, but it was the final step in proving we could swim.  I did not have a lot of confidence in my ability to accomplish this task.  Finally, the instructor swam out near where I would resurface after jumping and assured me that he would be there if I needed assistance.  The deep water terrified me, but knowing someone was there to save me if I could not make it on my own gave me the courage to complete the task.

Sometimes in life, things get so difficult you literally feel like you are drowning.  The more you struggle the deeper you seem to go.  Maybe things seem totally hopeless.  You try your best, but the situation just continues to get worse.  Isaiah 43:2 reminds us that no matter the battle, God is with us.  He will not let us drown in the raging river or be burned up by the fire.

Exodus 14:13 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still”.  In deep water sometimes you cannot tell which way it is to the surface.  It is a natural instinct to fight for your next breath, but if you will be still your body will typically begin to surface.  Our lives are the same way.  Sometimes, we just need to be still and let God fight for us.  Soon we will see the light begin to emerge at the surface of our problem as God fights for us.

What is the deep water in your life today?  Maybe it’s a relationship that seems to be crumbling at your feet, an addiction that controls your every thought, or financial difficulties that consume all your energy.  Whatever the struggle, God will be with you.  He will not let you drown!

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