Isa 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
many of the dear saints of God, when they have been brought into
tribulation and sorrow, have found the fulfillment of this most gracious
And is there not one of these waters through which all must
go-that deep and rapid Jordan which every one must pass through?
dark and gloomy those waters have appeared to the eyes of many a child
of God, in whom is continually fulfilled the experience of the words,
"Who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
But how often have these waters only been terrible in prospect, in
How different has been the reality.
When he comes down to
the river's bank and his feet dip in these waters, and it appears as
though they would rise higher and higher, the Lord suddenly appears in
his power and presence, and then the water sinks.
He speaks a word of
peace to his soul upon a dying bed...reveals Christ in his love and grace
Removes those doubts, fears, and disturbing thoughts which
have perplexed him for years, and brings into his heart a holy calm, a
sweet peace, assuring him that all is well with him, both for time and
Has he not then the fulfilment of the promise, "When thou
passest through the waters, I will be with thee?"
~J. C. Philpot~