The Father sets boundaries on our trials and afflictions. He graciously and mercifully does this. David says to God of the waters, “Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth” [Psa 104:9] And The LORD also promises, “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.” [Isa 43:2]
He is with us in every trial. There is no circumstance in our lives that the divine love of God has not seen or allowed. “But God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” [1 Cor 10:13]
But we know that true ability does not come from us, but from God. And we will be tried above what we are able on our own. But through Jesus, whose strength is perfected in our weakness, we will be able to overcome and be victorious.
"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ." [2 Cor 2:14]
So take comfort in the truth that God is merciful. If we learn anything from Job, the man whom God allowed everything to be taken away from, it is “that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” [Jam 5:11] The LORD is in close observance of your trial and like the waters, will not suffer it to go beyond what He says.
Find strength and comfort in Christ Jesus, “for in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to rescue them that are tempted.” [Heb 2:18] and again, “for we have not an high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come with freedom of speech unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the opportune time.” [Heb 4:15-16] and again, “He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” [Job 23:10] and again, “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;” [Psa 31:7] and again, “He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.” [Psa 18:35]
2 thoughts on “Boundaries on the Waters”
Very true! I love the idea that God puts boundaries even around our trial, He is still in control. Makes me think of Jesus’ defiance in the face of Pilate. When He said something like: ‘My Father gave you your authority’
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