Unspeakable Joy Devotional

May 6th

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Going through deep waters? Isaiah 43:1-7 “But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, 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. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior, I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life. Do not be afraid, for I am with you, I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back’. Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

No matter who we are, we all go through deep waters. In the Bible, rivers and waters are not only physical bodies, but also metaphors for the things we face in life that can easily overwhelm us. God doesn’t say if you go through the waters, but when you do. So then do we live in fear? No. God is telling us, “You must never fear, because I not only formed you; you are mine. I know you by name!” He not only gave us physical life, He gave us eternal life. Satan uses pressures and waters and fast-running streams to try to overwhelm us. The battle may be fierce, but we will not be swept away. God says, “I will be with you”. Take courage from God’s Word. God is right there with you, and He has promised that however strong the current is against you, you will never ever go under!

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