Topic: Riding the Rapids [Our Daily Bread 14th Tuesday August, 2018]
Read: Isaiah 43:1–7, Bible in a Year: Psalms 89–90; Romans 14
When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. Isaiah 43:2
The rafting guide escorted our group to the river’s edge and directed us all to put on life jackets and grab paddles. As we climbed into the boat, he assigned us seats to balance the boat’s weight, providing stability when we encountered rapids. After highlighting the thrills the watery voyage ahead would hold for us, he detailed a series of directions we could expect to hear—and would need to follow—to effectively steer the boat through the white water. He assured us that even though there might be tense moments on the way, our journey would be both exciting and safe.
Sometimes life feels like a white-water rafting trip, one that contains more rapids than we might like. God’s promise to Israel, through the prophet Isaiah, can guide our feelings when we fear the worst is happening: “When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you” (Isaiah 43:2). The Israelites faced an overwhelming fear of rejection by God as they went into exile as a consequence of their sin. Yet instead, He affirms them and promises to be with them because He loves them (vv. 2, 4).
God won’t abandon us in the rough waters. We can trust Him to guide us through the rapids—our deepest fears and most painful troubles—because He also loves us and promises to be with us.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for being my guide through troubled waters. Help me to trust You even when the journey is wild and scary.
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This message was written By Kirsten Holmberg [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]