TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
Not out, but through‘When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned.’ Isaiah 43:2 NIV
Before God changes our circumstances, He often uses our circumstances to change us. He promises to help us when we’re facing troubles, but God wants to do more than just get us out of the situation. He wants to use the situation to make us more like Christ and to help us fully discover our God-given potential. Ever noticed how often the word ‘through’ is used in Scripture? To get to the Promised Land, Israel had to go through the Red Sea, through the wilderness, and through the Jordan River. Take a minute to read Psalm 84:6-7 and Isaiah 43:2. Both of these verses show that sometimes we’ll have to go ‘through’. There are some situations we can’t avoid happening, we just have to go through them. These verses also suggest that God will not only be with us as we go through, but that we’ll make it to the other side and something good will come from it. In Psalm 66 it says: ‘we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance’ (v.12 NIV). Having to go through these things is hard, but we know God will never leave us and will bring us into better places – all in His timing. So when we’re waiting for Him to help us, grow us and bring us out the other side, we need to remember that God doesn’t work according to our schedule or in the way we think. We can trust God; He knows what He’s doing. And when we get through what we’re experiencing, we’ll look back and thank Him for the things He has taught us and the places He has led us to.
Think of a time that you’ve gone through a bad situation. Thank God for bringing you through it and for how you grew because of it.