THROUGH

THROUGH

‘Through’ is not a preposition that we commonly think of when we are facing troubles. We often think of ‘in’ when we are in trouble; we often think of ‘under’ when we are under the weather or we are pinned under the circumstances. Yet ‘through’ is a word that our Father uses when He talks to us about our bad times. He says,

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2 [ESV]

When we pass through the waters, we will no doubt see the waves, we will no doubt feel the drops, our feet might get wet, yet we shall not be overwhelmed. What a wonderful assurance of protection from our Father. And He certainly showed us many times that He is able to see us through the waters without them overwhelming us. Remember Noah? There were some serious waves in that water. In fact,

“The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.” Genesis 7:20

“And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive.” Genesis 7:21-23

Though everyone and everything else was dying, they were kept safe and sound by our Father. Yet, they went through the flood.

Then remember when Peter walked on water?

“But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”” Matthew 14:30

Sounds like us, doesn’t it? We see the waves around us, we feel the water and the wind and we get scared. We feel like we are drowning. Yet, just when we feel we have lost it,

“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” Matthew 14:31-32

Even if our weak faith fails us mid-way, He will still make sure that we make it through.

And what about the fire? Remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego? Not so prominent characters, right? They were Daniel’s friends, who just because they would not bend the knee to a foreign God, got themselves thrown into the furnace.

“Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace.” Daniel 3:19-20

Yet, even though they were not God’s giants of faith, they were kept safe. In fact, when the king looked in on the furnace, he exclaimed,

“Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”” Daniel 3:25

He threw only three in, so guess who was there with them?

But beloved, more than seeing the miracle, we need to also realize that sometimes we need to go through water and fire; and it is not because our Father wills it to be. Instead, remember,

“Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain,” Luke 22:31 [AMPC]

The same thing happened to Job. Yet of Job, our Father said,

“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”” Job 1:8

So even though our Father did not will our troubles, He allowed them because He knows of what mettle we are made. He knows that we are made of sterner stuff. And where we are weak, He will be there to make up for it. So to prove to the devil, to us and to those looking in on our situation, just how proud He is of us, He allows us to walk through the water and the fire.

But again, beloved, we will walk through. We will not stay there and wallow, we will not be overwhelmed nor get consumed, we will walk through. And how are we so confident? Because He is with us. For as the Psalmist says,

“Bless our God, O peoples, give Him grateful thanks and make the voice of His praise be heard,
Who put and kept us among the living, and has not allowed our feet to slip.
For You, O God, have proved us; You have tried us as silver is tried, refined, and purified.
You brought us into the net (the prison fortress, the dungeon); You laid a heavy burden upon our loins.
You caused men to ride over our heads [when we were prostrate]; we went through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a broad, moist place [to abundance and refreshment and the open air].” Psalm 66:8-12 [AMPC]

Through the trouble, our feet will never slip. Through the fire, our faith will be proved. And in the end, He will bring us out into abundance. For remember, the reason why we go through trials is,

“So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7 [AMPC]

Because, just like “Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.” 1 Peter 1:7 [MSG]

So our Father allows us to go through troubles so that we will end up looking good. Yet, we must go through it. And through it we will pass, not one moment longer.

Beloved, if you are facing troubles; if there are storms on your horizon, or you are already in hot soup; you will face some heat, you will feel the waves, you will hear the wind. Yet take heart,

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 3:16

Even if your faith falters mid-way, you will surely get through it and come out on the other side, because He is with you every step of the way.

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