“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.” 43:2
Who else can promise you something like this?
“From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.” 43:13
Our souls are safe in God’s hands.
The person who made the idol never stops to reflect, “Why, it’s just a block of wood!
I burned half of it for heat and used it to bake my bread and roast my meat. How can the rest of it be a god? Should I bow down to worship a piece of wood?” The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts something that can’t help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, “Is this idol that I’m holding in my hand a lie?” 44:19-20
He trusts something that can’t help him at all. What do you lend your trust to in your life? (Also that whole paragraph about idols reads like a bit from a stand-up comedian and it just slays me. God’s entitled to rant about how thick headed we are every once in a while, right?)
“I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea.” 43:16
Here, he is referring to the time he literally parted the water in Exodus 14. But it prompts me to reflect on all the times God has laid down a smooth, wide path for me smack dab in the middle of dark, vast (and metaphorical) waters. Do you feel swallowed up right now? Turn to the Lord, who with simply a wave of his hand, can provide you a safe path through it. (It struck me today that God didn’t offer an alternative route for the Israelites to escape the sea. But a way through it. He won’t always give you a way around your hardship. Sometimes you have to walk right down the middle of it, but he will be with you.)
If you didn’t read today’s chapters, take a few minutes and read them. There is so much goodness and depth in this book! I feel honored not only to get to read it, but to be loved and known by the God in this story.
What verse stirred your heart?