by the Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven
Isaiah's God is the Holy One of Israel. In God's presence we have to be morally clean. God has chosen his Servant, who will rule in righteousness in a kingdom of peace.
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you ... When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned" (Isa. 43:2).
If you belong to Christ, the promise of this text is for you. Originally God spoke these words to Israel—or to the remnant of that nation. "I created and formed you as my own nation;' the Lord said, "and I promise not to forsake you in the floods and in the fire." "I'd rather give up three Gentile nations as the price of keeping you." "I love you; I have called you by your name; you are mine."
All these things God has said to us in Christ. He did not give up other nations for us, but he gave up his own Son as a ransom to make us his own. He called us by name and baptized us into his Name. No power in heaven or on earth can separate us from God's love in Christ Jesus.
This doesn't mean that we will never have to go through deep waters. We may have to walk through the fire, so to speak. Anyone who says that God has promised to keep us from pain, danger, hard trials, and unwelcome sufferings is not being true to God's Word. God has never promised us an easy journey.
However, God does say here that when we pass through the waters, he will be with us. When we go through the river, we will not drown. And when we walk through the fire, we will not be consumed, because God himself will be with us.
There may be a tough road ahead, but we travel with God.
We may get into deep water, but we will not be alone.
Andrew Kuyvenhoven's Daylight, a modern devotional classic, was originally published in 1994. This edition is copyright by Faith Alive Christian Resources, from whom may be ordered Daylight, the predecessor of Twilight.
A man of many accomplishments, Andrew Kuyvenhoven is probably best known for his contributions to Today (formerly The Family Altar), a widely-used monthly devotional booklet associated with the Back to God Hour. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations for this edition of Twilight are from the New International Version