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Dec. 11 Devotion: Are You Drowning

Are you drowning?

Isaiah 43:1-2 [1] But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. [2] 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 shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. We see a transition here from chapter 42, hence this chapter starting with the word “but.” As the previous chapter ends we see God is sorrowful over the spiritual decay of His people, but as 43 starts we see how despite all that He is going to redeem His people. Despite our shortcomings He is still there and will show us grace and mercy. He tells us in vs. 2 that when the waters of difficulty come upon us, or we feel we are about to be consumed by the fires of this life, He is there. He tells us “I will be with thee.” So if He is there why do so many seem to be drowning in their problems? -we ignore small leaks Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

We like to dabble in sin a bit, but fail to realize that dabbling leads us into deeper waters than what we are ready for or ever intended to venture into.

-we ignore storm warnings Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

We know this verse but we don’t prepare this way. We don’t spend the time with God in the good times as we should. So then when the trouble arrives we aren’t as prepared as we should be.

-we ignore shelter from storm Job 24:8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.

The Lord will provide us shelters thru this life that we too often won’t take advantage of cause we think we have it all figured out. If we’d realize He always knows what’s best for us and is always there, then we’d be prepared and not drown when storm comes.

May God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson

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