Isaiah 43:2 says:
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 began each thought with the word “when” which means that those circumstances are eventually going to happen, so we must be prepared.
First, Isaiah spoke of the depth of your trial – the deep waters. It’s like crossing a turbulent river like experiencing an illness, financial crisis, or a broken relationship which can make us stumble and be carried downstream any moment.
Then Isaiah mentioned the turbulence of your trial that these rivers won’t drown you. Having these challenges, surely “You’re going to make it.”
Finally, the intensity of our trial – you will go through the fire, but you won’t be burned.
“Fear not, for I am with you!” says the Lord.
What an experience with God!
Ptr. Gary Yalung