1 But now, this is what the Lord says–he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel; “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…”
This is truly a Scripture passage for our time, as our whole world faces social, political, and economic instability, not to mention ceaseless war, natural disasters, and rampant destruction. It’s admittedly hard for us to trust in God when He feels so far away from what is reported in the nightly news.
But this Scripture from the Book of Isaiah should reassure us as much as it reassured the people of ancient Israel: God is with us, even as we wade through floods, even as we walk through fire. Even when it seems the world’s problems are crushing in on us like a trash compactor, we know we can rely on God, because He rescued ancient Israel from slavery, starvation, and the spiritual bleakness of sin, and He will do the same for us. All we need to do is trust in that promise, and give those problems (which are unsolvable for us) over to Him.