by Valerie Ipson
We live in uncertain times. All around us people are losing jobs and homes and hope. Why this family so deeply affected, but not that one? Why are some required to go through certain challenges, while others face different trials? A friend’s recent blog quoted the hopeful words found in Isaiah 41:10…”Fear thou not; for I am with thee…” After reading that verse, I noticed I had the first few verses of Isaiah 43 marked as well:
Fear not, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name;
thou art mine. When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with
thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou
walkest through the fire, thou shall not be burned; neither shall the
flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of
Israel, thy Savior.
What comfort to know that not only is Christ our Savior in a big way—that through him we are able to gain eternal salvation with our Heavenly Father--but also in small ways, like right now, when we are passing through deep waters or walking through the fire. He saves us then, too.
Victor Hugo said, "Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."