If God Brings You “TO” It, He Will Bring You “THROUGH” It
I don’t know about you, but that term “going through” something has a very encouraging implication. When I think about “through” I think about going in, but the assurance that I will come out on the other side! I think about a car wash: you drive in the entrance, your car is carried through the washing process, and it comes out on the other side – clean. Truth is, whether you are a Christian or not, you are going to go through some things. Adversity is a part of life. If there were no problems, then there would be no need for problem solving skills. I believe that a person who is blind has no concept of the color green; or the person who is deaf cannot understand the singing of the birds. Just in the same way, a person cannot truly relish victory unless they have experienced defeat at some point. We all have troubles, we all have problems and we all have hard times. The difference is, the person who is in relationship with God does not have to go through those things alone.
Isaiah 43:1-7 says, 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. 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. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
This passage starts off But now – This expression shows that this chapter is connected with the preceding. The sense is, “Though God has punished the nation, and showed them his displeasure in Isaiah 42:24-25, yet now he will have mercy, and will deliver them.”
That created thee – The word ‘thee’ is used here evidently in a collective sense as denoting the Jewish people. It is used because the names ‘Jacob’ and ‘Israel’ in the singular number are applied to the people.
Now you may be thinking, “I’m not a Jew, nor of the tribe of Jacob, so this doesn’t apply to me.” I want to look at who Jacob was: He was the son of Isaac and the grandson of Abraham. God made some promises to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3: Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
And maybe you think that’s all good for Abraham, but let’s take a look at Galatians 3:26-29 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
So, I want to point out that the promises God made to Abraham applied to Jacob, this promise to Jacob is proof of God fulfilling that promise, and this passage in Galatians shows that promise even now being fulfilled toward us: IF you are in Christ, if you are a born again believer!
True enough, we are not Jews, WE ARE THE CHURCH! Not only do we have the promises that God made to Abraham, we have a far better covenant that is sealed with the blood of God’s own Son.