by Grace Gems
“Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name–you are Mine. When you go through deep waters–I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty–you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression–you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior!” Isaiah 43:1-3
The people of God are not promised exemption from trial–but support under it!
The Lord does not engage to lead His children by a smooth path–but to furnish them with shoes of iron and brass, that they may safely walk the rugged and thorny road.
He does not promise to bridge over the waters of sorrow and the rivers of tribulation–but assures them of His presence as they pass through them. “I will be with you!” He says, “When you go through rivers of difficulty–you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression–you will not be burned up.”
Christian pilgrim–will not this suffice? Support in trial, will suit you better than exemption from it. Affliction and sorrow, in the hands of the great Physician–are medicine for the soul! The wounds He inflicts–are for the healing of the spirit! The fire He may lead you through will not burn–but only purify and brighten you!
by Grace Gems