“Don’t panic. I’m with you,
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”
(Isaiah 41:10 The Message)
“When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you,
For I am the Lord, your God.” (Isaiah 43:2 NLT)
Often the Lord speaks to us through the pages of our Bibles. Lately, I had been reading the Message, which although a paraphrase and not a translation, sometimes speaks to my mind in a very direct manner. Today it did! We desperately needed to hear the words “Don’t panic, I am with you.” There were some stressors on our minds which brought along anxiety and fear. With this scripture came peace as I realized the Lord would give us strength, hold us steady and would take our hands as we traversed some unfamiliar terrain.
Recently at a Bible Study, some women were going through rivers of difficulty, one has MS, another woman’s husband had two severe strokes early this year. Yet, they felt God’s presence. As we heard from many women who had underlined this passage in their Bibles we were encouraged by their testimonies. There are many verses the Holy Spirit shows us in the Word which speak of God’s protection and commitment.