We Are in God's Keeping
August 19, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Isaiah 43 speaks of God's love, forgiveness and redemption of Israel. Despite their disobedience, God loved His people and would redeem them. In (vv. 5, 6), He promises to gather them "from the distant corners of the earth."
In (vs. 2), we have a promise that no matter what happens, God will be with Israel: 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.
Though this is a promise given to Israel, it is also a promise to us; for we are His people, redeemed by the blood Christ and grafted into the godly line of Abraham.
In Galatians 3:7 we read, Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Now let's take a closer look at (vs. 2), and see if we can find some applicable lessons for us:
I. THE CERTAINTY OF TROUBLE
Notice the first part of the verse: "When thou passest through the waters…" Make no mistake about it, every single one of us will pass through the water and the fire.
A. No One is Immune
1. No one is immune to the trials, tribulations,
and troubles common to all. Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33.
a. Remember Job? If anyone had it made, Job did. But we know the story of Job, don't we? He lost everything he had in a moment of time. In Job 30:26, he said, "When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness."
B. No One is Invincible
1. There are people who think that because
they take good care of the body, they take good care of their bank account, and they avoid trouble as much as possible, that somehow they can insolate ...
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