I’m part of a WhatsApp group called “Believers Daily Bread” a group consisting of Christians from all different denominations around South Africa, and even further afield in Africa. I don’t always look through all the messages shared on the group but occasionally the Lord highlights a certain verse or message. This morning two such verses stood out to me. The first was Isaiah 43:2 which I’ll share here with a portion of its surrounding verses:
Now this is what the Lord says—
the one who created you, Jacob,
and the one who formed you, Israel—
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you,
and the rivers will not overwhelm you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be scorched,
and the flame will not burn you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, and your Saviour.
(Isaiah 43:1-3a CSB)
The wonderful thing about God’s promise here is that He has already backed it up. The hearers of this message would recall how the Lord mightily delivered His people from the Egyptian army by creating a way through the waters of the Red Sea. They would have recalled the story of Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (more commonly known as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) who were cast into the raging furnace and yet were not even singed by the flames as there was another in the fire with them. I love the point that was shared along with this verse in the WhatsApp chat: “He did not remove the Red Sea but He made a way in the Red Sea. He did not stop Shadrach, Mesah and Abednego from going into the fire but went into the fire with them.”
God hasn’t removed the Coronavirus pandemic and all it’s ramifications, but He is with us in the midst of it. He will walk with us through it. How do we know this? Because God keeps His promises. This is the other verse that really stood out to me this morning, the one that speaks about what God has promised:
“I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!” (Hebrews 13:5 AMP)