“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you” (Isaiah 43:2).
The greatest promise of covenant among all other promises of God is “I will be with you”. He neither leaves nor forsakes you. This applies not for a few days or years but He will be with you always even to the end of the age. His presence will be with you and it will go before you always.
To make the children of Israel understand that His presence is with them, He placed the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night before them to see. The rock which gave water also went with them.
God who said that He wanted to dwell in your midst, descended on the tabernacle with His Shekinah glory. Even today, He is with you. “He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:8).
King David brings back all the incidences of his life to his remembrance and writes “You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but you brought us out to rich fulfillment” (Psalm 66:12). David fervently prays “Make us glad according to the days in which you have afflicted us, the years in which we have seen evil. Oh, satisfy us early with your mercy that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:15, 14).
What is the promise of God which He gives you today? It is “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” The path you cross may be rugged but since God is with you, He will guide you giving success.
In this promise, the word ‘water’ does not mean ordinary water or minor rivulet caused due to normal rains. Giving an explanation to water God said, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15). Recently there was heavy rain in the state of Kerala and it looked as though the entire state had immersed in water. All the sluices of the dams were opened. Similar to this, four types of groups of people may vigorously rise against you. The first will be the ‘people,’ second will be the ‘mob,’ third will be the ‘nations’ and fourthly the ‘languages.’
Since you are relying on Christ and are holding on to Him, the fanatics of other religions may rise against you. They may come out with cruel ideas. But God says, “Since I am with you I will help you cross the flood may it be small or big. I will create a path for you even by splitting the Red Sea.
To meditate: “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (Psalm 46:11).