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A Way in the Sea

Isaiah 43:16-17
Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick.

Looking back through the real-life stories in Bible, is there any traumatic experience God hasn’t carried His children through? Isaiah alludes here to that miraculous Red Sea crossing in Exodus, but the deeper promise is of God’s deliverance through the trials of life, not from them. See, God didn’t keep Sarah from kicking Tamar out of her clan and leaving her to die in the wilderness; but He comforted Tamar’s despairing heart and gave her a special blessing. God didn’t keep Potiphar from cruelly casting Joseph into a dungeon for a crime he didn’t commit; but He gave Joseph the mental fortitude to persevere the injustice with grace. God didn’t keep the lunatic king Saul from hunting David for eight long years; but He infused David with divine compassion to forgive his oppressor.   

So friend, if you feel overwhelmed today by some impending danger, remember those cherished stories of old, and cling to the truth of 1 John 4:4: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”