Not Out, But Through

“When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned.”  lsa 43:2 NKJV

Before God changes our cir­cum­stances, He often uses our cir­cum­stances to change us.  Yes, He has promised to deliv­er us from our trou­bles, but not nec­es­sar­i­ly on our sched­ule or in the way we think. God wants to do more than just deliv­er us; He wants to devel­op us into the like­ness of His Son and into the full­ness of our God—given poten­tial. Notice  how often the word through is used in Scrip­ture. To get to the Promised Land, Israel had to go through the Red Sea, through the wilder­ness, and through the Jor­dan Riv­er. Think about these two Scrip­tures: “As they pass through the Val­ley of Baca [bro­ken­ness, loss, grief, and weep­ing] they make it a spring…they go from strength to strength” (Ps 84:5–7 NKJV). ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned” (Isa 43:2 NKJV). God does­n’t work in min­utes, hours, and days; He works in sea­sons. The refin­er knows how long the ore must stay in the fire to pro­duce gold. The pot­ter knows how long the clay must stay on the wheel to become a thing of val­ue, beau­ty, and use­ful­ness. Trust God; He knows what He’s doing. Be patient; while God is work­ing for you, He’s work­ing in you. When you get through this expe­ri­ence, you’ll look back and thank Him for the things He has taught you.

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA. pub­lished on May 31, 2017