What an encouragement it is to remember that when we travel through the “deep waters” of life, we never do so alone – the Lord is always right by our side! This passage from the book of Isaiah is my selection for the verse of the week, since it contains a powerful truth for us to bear in mind: God never leaves us alone – not even for a moment.
It’s interesting that this verse begins with the word “when,” and not “if”. Deep waters are a part of life for everyone; if I’m reading this passage correctly, then deep waters can represent ambiguous and challenging situations that will eventually be resolved in time, in a way presently known only by God (think of the Israelites and the Red Sea parting). During such times, we can nonetheless take comfort in the knowledge that a) the Lord is always with us, even if we have a tough time sensing His presence; and b) He is deeply concerned about our situation, and alone has the power and limitless resources needed to do anything about it.
And sometimes, God changes our circumstances. In my view, though, He more often changes us despite our circumstances. Either way, He promises to be with us through it all, and this truth will ideally be a source of greater hope and peace for all of us. ✝️
PS – While I realize that this is a biblical truth that I have mentioned here before, I find that I often learn the most when I reflect on God’s promises more than once. Thanks for understanding! 💛