WHEN YOU PASS THROUGH THE RIVERS!
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you” (Isaiah 43:2).
The Scripture does not promise that you will not cross the rivers. It also does not say that you will never face tribulation. You may have to cross the rivers and you may have to go on the path of sufferings. Reproaches and tribulations may be on your way. But in all these circumstances, God will remain with you and help you overcome them victoriously.
When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, they had to cross water in the form of a sea. The Egyptian army was chasing behind and even if thousands of boats or ships are made available people in such a huge number could not cross over the sea. What to do? You may have to cross over problems like debt issues, unemployment problems and family disputes and these things may terrify you. What to do? How to cross over such a path of struggles?
The word ‘waters’ refers to a state of emergency. In such a situation, God stayed with Moses and said, “Stretch out your hand over the sea.” Since God was very near, the breath of his nostrils made the Red Sea split into two.
The ‘Staff of Moses’ is the sign for the promises of God. During the problematic time, speak the promises of God as words of faith. The problems will automatically cease giving way to you. Since God is with you, do not be dismayed while facing problems.
When the river flows from a higher altitude no man can stand resisting the water. It will push the man down and make him roll. During the times of flood, the rivers will push away the villagers and the livestock. But God says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you”.
After crossing the Red Sea, the Israelites had to cross the Jordan river. In Jordan, the flood will be very severe until the time of harvest is over. But when the priests carrying the ark of the Lord stepped into Jordan, the water in the river Jordan began to turn back. The water that came down from upstream stopped and stood as a heap enabling the Israelites to cross.
Even if the problems faced are as huge as Jordan, God will make it turn back. He will defend you and fight for you. Generally, people used to call the River Jordan as ‘the river of death.’ On the one side of Jordan is wilderness and the other side is the land of Canaan, where milk and honey flow. Before you inherit Canaan, even the struggle of death cannot approach you. When Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up and struck the water, Jordan was split into two. You also will handsomely cross over Jordan with shouts of victory.
To meditate: “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you and no one will attack you to hurt you” (Acts 18:9, 10).