We are always walking through waters in this life, waters of death, waters of grief, waters of disappointment, waters of pain, waters of violence, waters of anger and the list goes on and on… The comments I hear inside our loving church family are many on how we don’t even know how people survive without God in their lives. What a sweet message for us today in this verse from the One who always keeps promises and is always faithful.
God is with us. These things that seem so engulfing will not overcome us. Some feel like waters will sweep us away. Others feel like hot burning fire. The flames will not burn us out! God grants us what we need to press on. I know many inside the church who have experienced horrific things. A child is rebelling, a child is missing, a child is in prison, a child is addicted. A spouse is abusive, a spouse is cheating, a spouse is lying. I could fill up this post with things that are deep waters and fiery flames in this life. People wonder how those in these circumstances are still standing. They still stand because God holds them up. They choose to keep walking. the Faithful One will see us through.
This verse reminds me of Isaiah 40:31. “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Sometimes we are soaring on wings like eagles and other times in life we are just trying to walk without fainting. God is good, faithful and walks with us through all these times. To the one who doesn’t know this or understand this, reach out to God today. God loves you and will give you what you need to carry on. Not only just carry on but God will use your suffering for good! You will shine! I hear Romans 8:28 echoing through my thoughts: “and we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
The one whose child is in prison started a prison ministry. The one whose child is an addict now ministers to women who struggle with addiction. The widow was lonely and started a place for people to be on Christmas Day. What will you do with life’s hardships?