Isaiah 43:2 - There Is Help In Troubled Times.

Isaiah 43:2 (NLT) When you go through deep 
waters, I will be with you. When you go through 
rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you 
walk through the fire of oppression, you will not 
be burned up; the flames will not consume you. 

Isaiah 43:2 (NIV) When you pass through the 
waters, I will be with you; and when you pass 
through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. 
When you walk through the fire, you will not be 
burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  


Going through rivers of difficulty will 
either cause you to drown or force you to grow 
stronger. If you go in your own strength, you are more 
likely to drown. If you invite the Lord to go with 
you, he will protect you. [Life Application SB] 


   Ive been bitten by a lot of snakes in 
my lifetime. When I was a kid, I collected 
them. As a result, a number of those snakes bit 
me, including gopher snakes, king snakes, boas, 
and pythons. 
   The book of Acts tells us about a time 
when the apostle Paul was bitten by a snake - a 
venomous snake. After being shipwrecked on the way to 
Rome, he and his fellow prisoners made their way 
to shore along with Roman soldiers. And as they 
warmed themselves by a fire, a snake fastened 
itself to Pauls arm. 
   Everyone thought Paul would die, of 
course, but he simply shook off the snake into the 
fire. Paul lived to see another day because it 
wasnt his time. 
   If God still has a plan and a purpose for 
you or me, we will continue on with our lives, 
just as Paul did. We will live as long as God 
wants us to live, and He will protect us until 
that day. Psalm 91:7 says, Though a thousand 
fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying 
around you, these evils will not touch you 
   This doesnt mean that we should test 
the Lord, however. Instead, we should trust Him. 
You and I will be around as long as God wants us 
around. As God said to Abram (later called Abraham), 
Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect 
you, and your reward will be great (Genesis 
15:1 NLT). 
   Thats wonderful for us to know. But 
what about that moment when death comes? Then 
death comes. But heres what the Bible says: 
To live is Christ, and to die is gain 
(Philippians 1:21 NKJV). Or, as another translation puts 
it, Living means living for Christ, and dying 
is even better (NLT). 
   The reality is that a Christian doesnt 
have to fear death, because God is greater, even, 
than that. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


We will not be able to meet the trials of 
this time without God. We are not to have the 
courage and fortitude of martyrs of old until 
brought into the position they were in. The Lord 
proportions His grace to meet every emergency. We are to 
receive daily supplies of grace for each daily 
emergency. Thus we grow in grace and in the knowledge 
of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1888/460  

The disciples were not endowed with the 
courage and fortitude of the martyrs until such 
grace was needed. Then the Saviour's promise was 
fulfilled. DA354   

Those who accept Christ as their personal 
Saviour are not left as orphans, to bear the trials 
of life alone. He receives them as members of 
the heavenly family; He bids them call His 
Father their Father. They are His "little ones," 
dear to the heart of God, bound to Him by the 
most tender and abiding ties. He has toward them 
an exceeding tenderness, as far surpassing what 
our father or mother has felt toward us in our 
helplessness as the divine is above the human. {DA 327.2} 

How to Get the Help You Need for Today
   When you became a Christian, did you 
expect life to suddenly be perfect? 
   If you did, I bet you found out pretty 
quickly that there are all kinds of trials for 
Christians - including relational, financial, physical, 
and mental. Some people expect life to be heaven 
on earth. But this is not heaven! 
   We pray for Gods will to be done on 
earth as it is in heaven"because then it would 
be done perfectly. 
   But on earth, God's will is seldom done. 
Everything on this planet is broken. The weather, the 
economy, our bodies, and our relationships dont 
always work right. We can be sure that, because of 
sin, bad things will happen. 
   We can also be assured of Gods 
promises to support us in all the trouble we will 
face on this earth. 
   "When you go through deep waters and 
great trouble, I will be with you. When you go 
through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! 
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you 
will not be burned up - the flames will not 
consume you. For I am the Lord your God" (Isaiah 
43:2-3 TLB). 
   When you go through deep waters and 
rivers of difficulty, God doesnt promise that 
you won't get wet. You're going to go through 
some problems that have pain. You're going to get 
wet. But God does promise that you're not going 
to drown. When you go through the fire, its 
going to get hot. But God promises that you're not 
going to burn up. Youre going to make it 
   Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all 
things [which He has called me to do] through Him 
who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His 
purpose - I am self-sufficient in Christs 
sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to 
anything through Him who infuses me with inner 
strength and confident peace]" (AMP). That doesnt 
mean that you can do anything because of who you 
are. It means you can have confidence in whatever 
trouble life brings because you face it with the 
power of Christ in you. 
   You may not feel very strong right now. 
But the strength you need will come when you 
need it. The Bible doesn't say to ask God for 
your weekly or monthly bread. It says to pray, 
"God, give me my daily bread. I need just enough 
strength for today." 
   God will support you in your trouble. He 
always gives you the strength you need for today. 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   Bow or burn. That essentially was the 
choice that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego faced. 
King Nebuchadnezzar had a 90-foot golden image of 
himself erected in Babylon and then commanded 
everyone in the kingdom to bow down to it. If they 
didnt, they would burn. 
   But sticking out like three sore thumbs 
were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who stayed 
on their feet. They knew from the first two of 
the Ten Commandments that God told them 
specifically not to bow before another god. 
   When King Nebuchadnezzar heard about what 
they did, he gave them one more chance. But they 
still refused. They were from Nebuchadnezzars 
court, so this was an embarrassment to him 
personally. He was so angry that he gave the order for 
the furnace to be heated seven times hotter. 
Then his soldiers tied them up and threw them 
   However, Nebuchadnezzar couldnt 
believe his eyes when he looked in and saw four - 
not three - figures walking around in the fire. 
I believe this was an Old Testament appearance 
of Christ walking with them. 
   Nebuchadnezzar called them out of the 
furnace and said, Praise to the God of Shadrach, 
Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue 
his servants who trusted in him (verse 28 
NLT). Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had the 
resolve to make their stand because of the 
decisions, commitments, and resolutions they made years 
   Do you have character? Are you 
compromising as a Christian? Are you doing what is right, 
even in the little things? Every Christian will 
face the temptation to compromise. But character 
is not made in a crisis; it is only exhibited. 
   As you approach the beginning of a new 
year, its a good time to have some resolution - 
not a bunch of hard-to-keep resolutions. Its 
a good time to have purpose, commitment, and a 
dedication to doing the right thing. [Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


Isaiah 43:2 - In Troubled Times You Are Not 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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