“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 shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
Continued from last week
The testings of life for the Christian have always been poetically symbolized as troubling waters, overflowing rivers, waters of affliction and the fiery furnaces. We speak of the obstacles of life as mountains and hills, of valleys, and low places. In this passage we see life as a mountain-railroad, described by Isaiah, as rivers of waters and flames of fire … Rivers of water and flames of fire undergirded by the presence of God. This is Spiritual Passage.
Over-flowing rivers are the troubles of life. Furnaces of fire are the trials. Sometimes the child of God wanders why he or she is tossed and driven and shedding briny tears. The child of God doesn’t always understand when going through life why there is seemingly trouble on every side, when she is often cast down but not destroyed.
It is that the vessel through which the power of God would flow, the channel through which the Spirit must manifest, that the word of God must go deep, that the hidden things may be revealed.
Blessing must be prepared for. We can hinder and shirk it, but everyone must hear the call of commitment and service. God has a glorious work to do in every yielded life. He has a glorious fullness to bestow. There must be a digging down into the depths of our hearts; all the rubbish, crud and dross must be evacuated to prepare for the living water. Only in the stillness of the soul can living waters flow. Go deeper into us Lord Jesus, deeper everyday. Deeper Lord until out of our “belly shall flow the Holy Spirit as rivers of living water.” (John 7:38-39)
There is a story told of a scientist who wanted to show that in the center of each flame there is a hollow-a place of entire stillness- around which its fire is a mere wall. To prove this, he introduced a carefully shielded charge of explosive power into the flame’s center. Removing the shield, nothing happened. When he tried this a second time, by a slight agitation of the hand the center stillness of the flame was lost and an immediate explosion occurred.
Our safety in troubling waters and fiery trials is in our center, the stillness of our souls. If we are affrighted and exchange our center, the principle of faith, for fear, rebellion or disbelief then the flames of anguish and disappointments shall hurt us. Moreover, God will be disappointed if we break down. Testing is the proof of his love and confidence in us that He believes we can hold on and endure. That we will be true to Him even when there is no outward evidence that He is there. When seemingly we are left at the hand of the enemy, God stands in the shadows keeping watch over his own.
.”.. when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against Him” (Isaiah 59:19)
Part III – Next Week