Sunday Considerations: God’s Presence

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God’s love is unfailing, His grace is always sufficient. But there is even more good news. He is with us in our troubles. He does not merely send grace from heaven to meet our trials. He Himself comes to help us. He says to us, “Do not be afraid … for I myself will help you” (Isaiah 41: 14).

In Isaiah 43: 2, God says,

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.

God promises specifically to be with us in our sorrows and afflictions. He will not spare us from the waters of sorrow and the fires of adversity, but He will go through them with us.

Even when the waters and the fires are those that God Himself brings into our lives, He still goes through them with us. Most of the gracious promises of God to be with us were given first to the nation of Judah during times of national spiritual declension. God, through His prophets, continually warned the people of coming judgment; yet in the midst of those warnings, we find these incredible promises of His being with them. God judged His people, but He did not forsake them. Even in their judgments, He was with them. As Isaiah said, “In all their distress he too was distressed” (Isaiah 63: 9).

So regardless of the nature or the cause of our adversities, God goes through them with us. He says, “I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41: 10). It is often in the very midst of our adversities that we experience the most delightful manifestations of His love. As Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1: 5, “For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.”1

  1. Bridges, Jerry (2012-01-05). Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts with Bonus Content (Kindle Locations 2288-2306). Navpress. Kindle Edition.
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1 Christiane February 16, 2013 at 9:42 pm

” Jesus did not come to explain away suffering or to remove it.
He came to fill it with His Presence.”

(J. Claude)

2 the Old Adam February 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I believe Him. Most of the time. OK…some of the time.

“Lord I believe. Help me in my unbelief.”

3 Christiane February 17, 2013 at 11:07 am

In Christ’s coming into this ‘wounded’ world, He broke ‘through’ the divide in ways that are forever irreversible.

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