“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
When you cross rivers, you will not drown.
When you walk through fire, you will not be burned,
nor will the flames hurt you.”
Isaiah 43:2, NCV
There is a unique immunity that is given to the simple. Believers find that suddenly they have been inoculated against a reality that others can’t understand. Passing through the waters, we find the divine presence. We discover it and find that it covers us.
Daniel tells us of three men dropped into a super-heated furnace. Surviving was impossible, and yet they felt no heat or flame while inside. That is a tremendous thing for believers to understand.
Having Him to cover us is a profound thing. There are many reasons this should not be happening to us, and not given any serious thought. And yet He appears out of nowhere and declares that we are completely immune to every attack against our desperate souls.
Jesus watches over us. He concentrates His focus on us, and we find a strength that is almost absurd, something that doesn’t make any sense at all. He covers us from all the ugliness that could be focused on us. A barrier is put around us. His care protects us and shields us from insidious attacks on our very vulnerable hearts.
Isaiah 43 declares that there is a protective grace that surrounds our souls.
We encounter a sense that He is there and that He will not let anything happen to us. This security is not from anything we produce, maintain or manufacture. He brings it to us without any logical reason. It’s called “grace” and it gives us certain protection.
This world generates a lot of ugliness. We must enter and pass through a whole lot of difficulty and pain. Water and fire, in abundance, are things that will happen to us. We will deal with these things, and work our way through them. One thing needs to be understood, His spirit in us resists being controlled by sin.
We travel through intense times when our faith seems ludicrous when it seems weak and illogical. But somehow we make it, and we will pass through this and other challenges. He intervenes and brings us safety and strength. We are indeed survivors, and we pass through all evil and darkness without being scorched or singed.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
Philippians 1:6, NLT