by Daniel Foster / @DanielFoster07
As a youth pastor, students often ask me what my favorite bible verse is. If I were perfect, I would smile and shoot out a deep meaningful verse, but it isn't always that glamorous. See, normally this would be a very easy task, there are literally hundreds of Bible verses that uplift and comfort me.
However, that’s the problem. Out of hundreds, it’s hard to pick just one. But here's a verse I’ve been meditating on for a few weeks, it’s Isaiah 43:2;
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you: and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you”.
One of the biggest lies I was sold when I began my journey as a Christian was that once I have a relationship with Jesus, everything is smooth sailing. Life is good. Bad days are a thing of the past. Whoever it was who entertained me with that thought, I’d like to send them a pair of Crocs.
Life certainly wasn’t any easier, in fact I believe at times it became much more difficult. I personally believe that as a Christian, life is going to be really tough sometimes. We are now on a mission to enlighten the world with the love of Jesus. Satan knows this, and he wants to do everything he can to stop us. He will discourage, distract, and try his best to destroy us. But there is hope.
In the verse I mentioned earlier, I absolutely love the word “when”. “When you pass through water...”. “When you walk through the fire...” The word “when” ensures us that troubles will occur.
God isn’t saying we might go through difficult situations. He is saying that we will, and “when” we do, He will be with us and protect us. I’ve walked through several “fires” throughout my life, and if it wasn’t for Jesus walking beside me, I couldn’t imagine where I would be today. I’m thankful for God’s promises, and the truth we find in His word. I hope you hold this verse close to your heart the next time you encounter a “fire” in your life. You are not alone, Jesus is with you.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
Daniel Foster comes from the small town of Griffin Georgia where he was born and raised. He serves on staff at DeVotie Baptist Church where he is the student pastor. Daniel is a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves. You can find him on Twitter at @danielfoster07.