2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
This side of heaven there are many things for which we take out “Insurance Policies” such as our homes, vehicles, and even life insurance all in the name of protecting and preserving what is valuable property. However, on our journey in this life, what’s needed more than “Insurance” is “Assurance” meaning a definitive statement that something will happen or that something is true. Now as a general practice, if an individual has too many accidents or incidents on their car insurance record, the insurance company has a right to drop that individual’s coverage, leaving them ultimately “uninsured.” Conversely, a promise of “Assurance,” especially as it relates to God’s word, never ceases to exist, it never changes in form or fashion, but is always true in its original form regardless of one’s circumstances. God’s assurance for us is always dependable, regardless of our record.
In Isaiah 43 we find the Prophet Isaiah speaking God’s words of assurance to the people of Israel that during times of difficult trial they would not be overtaken by their circumstances. 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. These same assurances can be applied to our lives as we continue to take steps forward in our life’s journey this side of heaven, especially when the path gets weary and we become worn. There will be times when life feels like a raging river or an all-consuming fire that is set to overtake us, but the Lord says, “the rivers..shall not overwhelm you” and “the flame shall not consume you.” What profound assurances these are on our journey for on the most difficult of days we will need to reach for them. Remember God assures us, “I will be with you, you will not be overwhelmed, nor will you be consumed, reach out for me, hold onto my promises.”
Father, thank You today that Your word is full of unchanging promises of assurance for us along life’s journey. We can trust that when life seems like a raging river or an all-consuming fire, You are with us, promising that ultimately we will neither be completely overwhelmed nor consumed by our circumstances. Help us to cling to those assurances in faith setting our gaze continually on You for strength and hope to endure. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.