By Nate Stewart, CR National Director – Mental Health
“But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 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.”’ (Isaiah 43:1-2 NIV)
I find a great deal of comfort in these two verses of Scripture. I am reminded of times as a child when I would look across a crowded room and see my father. I knew that at any moment if I needed him, he would be there for me—he would protect me. I knew that my father loved me and was there for me because I was his.
God is illustrating through these verses that, in the same way, my father was there for me, God is there for us. When trouble comes—and it will most definitely come—God is there. And because I put my faith in Jesus, I know that when life’s hurdles come, I can face them. I am not alone and I will be stronger for having gone through them.
I thank you for being that faithful and loving Father. Thank you for choosing us. I ask today that you would help us to see you in the midst of trials, to feel your Holy Spirit guide us along our path. We want to draw our strength and comfort from you. Help us to recommit ourselves to trusting in you each and every day.