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, Nor shall the flame scorch you. -Isaiah 43:2 (NKJV)

We’ve all faced circumstances that at first test us, and then completely wear us down till we must remember to stop and lean on the Lord, or else we will crumble and fail. Sometimes, the circumstances are so dire and dark that our flesh doesn’t believe we can go on…that we just ask God to take us up right now!

The truth is, we will always reach that brokenness and despair when we forget to keep our eyes on God and face the brunt of the storm in our own strength. I am guilty of this often.

And when you feel like it will destroy you, that all hope is gone, and that there is no end in sight to this storm of storms, that is exactly when you have to draw inward. Ignore the raging storm around you. Ignore the cacophony of negativity that roars in your ears.

It’s hard, but draw back into your heart, where the Holy Spirit resides. Breathe deeply. Be still. Let God speak to you. The truth is, He has been with you the whole time, and even assuring you, but you couldn’t hear Him because your focus was on the storm. Remember that God is with you always, and will always carry you through to the other side of the storm.

The following excerpt is from an amazing devotional book called “Where Peaceful Waters Flow,” some of which is online:

I come unto you this day to heal, restore, and to bring you closer into My presence. It does not matter how the storm may rage around you; I am The One that is always in control. You must trust Me to the end no matter how hard the storms are raging in your life. Always remember, the trial you are going through; this thing that has come to test your faith will end. My child, trust Me, the storm you are facing will end. You must be ready to go on trusting even unto the last hour. I will make a way when you cannot see your way. I want you to rely on Me alone. Trust in My Spirit, not in what you see. Trust; fear not, and know I am able to do what I promised.

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