When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. ~ Isaiah 43:2
A Season of Uncertainty
Early in the morning, as soon as daylight emerged, I would go to walk in a running track at a school close to our home. This had become a morning routine that I looked forward to because it was the only time in my day that I could escape to be alone. And it became my personal prayer time with God.
As I walked and watched the sun rise, this morning prayer walks began to set the tone for my day because I was so desperate for the peace of God during a season of uncertainty.
This year has been quite like no other. At first, the sudden shut down forced us all to slow down. And we relished the rest that was certainly needed from our fast-paced, overloaded schedules and busy lives. But after being homebound for several weeks and months, with three little energetic kids, those morning prayer walks became my sanity saver.
The uncertainty of the season we were walking through had become so overwhelming, that it forced me to start the morning walks which eventually became prayer walks. And it led me down a path to encounter God in a new way because I realized that He was with me in the fire.
When You Walk Through the Fire
When we walk through seasons of uncertainty, we can learn 3 things from the story of Shadrack Meshach and Abednego in the furnace of fire from the book of Daniel 3.
We may not have the same experiences but this season for most of us feels like we’re going the fire and we can learn from how Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego handled going through the scariest moment in their lives.
When they were going to be thrown into a blazing furnace because they won’t bow down to the idol that the king had made. They said, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us. ~ Daniel 3:17
They didn’t lose their FAITH in God
As we walk through seasons of uncertainty, when fear and doubt show up uninvited, let’s not lose our FAITH in God.
Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7 said “I have fought the good fight of faith, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith”
Let’s remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness in the past and it will help us walk through seasons of uncertainty with absolute TRUST that God will get us through this like He has done before.
They kept their FOCUS on God
They were ready to go into the fire for the sake of their God and I believe because they kept their focus on God and not on the scary circumstances they were facing, it gave them the courage to stand their ground.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.”
There is so much noise from the news, social media and so many other agendas, that it’s so easy to get distracted. But let’s keep our FOCUS on God and His peace will guards our hearts and mind during these uncertain times.
There’s Another in the Fire
The king leaped in amazement when he saw that, the three men who were tied and thrown into the blazing furnace were alive. He saw four men walking around in the fire, unbound, and unharmed. And the fourth looks like a son of the gods. (Daniel 3:24-25)
They FELLOWSHIPPED with God while in the fire.
We often pull back in our relationship with God when we’re going through a difficult season. But instead of pulling back, let’s run toward God when we’re in the fire. And let us not lose our FELLOWSHIP with Him.
Now more than ever, is the time to deepen our fellowship with God because that’s what will get us through these uncertain times. And always remember that, when you walk through deep waters, He is with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2)
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Susan Egbe-Tanyi, MD is a board-certified family medicine physician. She is also the founder of Empowered Women Faith Club, where she writes to empower women to live confidently knowing who they are as daughters of God and encourages weary moms to find strength in God through the journey of motherhood. She is a wife, mother of three treasured kids, a passionate follower of Christ, lover of nature and a servant at heart. She practices medicine in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and three children.