“When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee…” (Isaiah 43v2)

I have experienced a few troubled waters in my lifetime – but none so deep as those which presently threaten to overwhelm me. In recent weeks one minor problem after another trickled in to irritate my normally very happy existence and then the ultimate tsunami came crashing in when a loved one became seriously ill and was taken to hospital. Sometimes the events in our lives are so painful that we have no desire to convey how we feel to others. We feel numb, sick at heart, filled with grief…

One bleak night I sat alone, praying and the Lord gave me these words… “When thou passeth 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.” (Isaiah 43v2)

My faith is in the Holy One of Israel – and I rest in the knowledge that He will take care of it all. These days prayer is my constant companion. Under the present circumstances, when people say “Happy New Year” to me, I just nod uncomprehendingly.

What will this year hold for any of us? I only know that Jesus is my Saviour – and that He will take care of every concern and heavy burden that I lay at His feet. Is He your Saviour today? If not, please trust Him; life is difficult for me at present but I know that it would be twice as difficult if I had no access to the peace which passes all understanding. This is a simple little verse (written many years ago now) which sums up my attitude to every New Year…

I cannot know the future,

No more than change the past,

But on Jesus Christ my Saviour –

My every care I’ll cast.

Sometimes trauma and suffering in a Christian’s life can ultimately give birth to words which will touch the lives of others long after he has gone to be with the Saviour. I love the hymn “O Love that wilt not let me go” by George Matheson. The author was visually impaired but knew other suffering in his life. This hymn, the fruit of George Matheson’s suffering, lives on to inspire and comfort, for it expresses the Christian’s glorious hope in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and in His Victory on our behalf, over sin and death and hell. Praise God for His great love and compassion for all of us! If you still do not know Him as Friend, why not repent and take His hand today?  If you do, these final two verses of the hymn will have meaning in your life, when the waters deepen…

“O Joy that seekest me through pain,

I cannot close my heart to Thee;

I trace the rainbow through the rain,

And feel the promise is not vain

That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head,

I dare not ask to fly from Thee,

I lay in dust life’s glory dead,

And from the ground there blossoms red

Life that shall endless be.”  http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/l/oltwnlmg.htm

Links to this hymn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puWksKkI3Lc

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4 Responses to ““When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee…” (Isaiah 43v2)”

  1. Dick Adams Says:

    We wanted to let you know the Cyber Hymnal™ has a new address: http://www.hymntime.com/tch. Your Web site links to the Cyber Hymnal™ from https://readywriterpublications.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/%E2%80%9Cwhen-thou-passeth-through-the-waters-i-will-be-with-thee%E2%80%A6%E2%80%9D-isaiah-43v2/.

    The old cyberhymnal.org address now points to a pirate server in Panama which stole much of our content.

    Please spread the word about our move! God bless…

  2. readywriterpublications Says:

    Hello Dick,

    Thank you so much for this information. I was totally unaware of it – and
    will spread the word about the new web address for Cyber Hymnal.
    God Bless,
    Elizabeth Burke.

  3. Ludell Mader Says:

    Right now this verse in Isaiah 43: 2 is ministering to me. I was traumatized a couple months ago. when suddenly a loved one was seriously ill and was hospitalized

  4. readywriterpublications Says:

    Thank you Ludell, How good to know that when all else fails, we can find comfort in God’s Word.

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