Isaiah 43:2 – Growing Pains

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2, ESV)

Endurance. Perseverance. We hear these words, but usually we secretly hope we never have to exercise these spiritual muscles. We face a myriad of problems in life, usually involving loss of some sort. How we handle that will determine whether our faith strengthens or fades. We can sound lofty and idyllic all we want, but if we fade with the coming of trials, all our speech is for naught.

The really hard trials, the loss of a child, a terminal disease, prolonged unemployment, the loss of one’s home, etc. These things can break us, but that is not always bad. When we are truly broken, we find we are not enough in ourselves to make it through. It is at that moment that we either let bitterness and depression get a foothold, or cry out to God for help, which He is always faithful to give. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:4 ESV)

God may not always change our circumstances, but has promised to see us through and never leave us. At first this can seem like little comfort and help, but as we grow and mature, we see the true gift that it is. Quietly trusting, even when our hearts are absolutely breaking, will bring us through to the other side with a confidence in our God that we had not before experienced. Which leads to greater faith for whatever comes. We are strengthened, with an unshakable belief that God will never fail us, which enables us to minister to those around us. Literally being a trail blazer to another sojourner in need of a scout to show the way.

I pray that we all experience this kind of intimacy with the Savior, resulting in an even closer bond with the One who is Everything.

Guest devotional by Leslie McCarthy. Leslie is a 59-year-old wife and mother of two grown children, both adopted. I have known the Lord most of my life, raised in a Christian home. Jesus Christ is everything to me and the most important thing in my life. My husband and I are looking forward to moving to Vancouver, WA soon. Learn how to be a guest writer.

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