God Loves the Word “Through”

Have you ever noticed that God absolutely loves the word “through”? Take Isaiah 43:2, for example, where He says to Israel:

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 touch you. (N.K.J.V.)

Another one is Psalm 23:4, where David writes:

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (N.K.J.V.)

We, of course, don’t like the word “through” because we rarely associate it with a pleasant experience. How many times have you said something like, “I’m so glad I finally got through that”? That’s why, in passages such as these I’ve quoted, we would replace “through” with prepositions such as: around, beside, above, below, near, or opposite.

I don’t know what you are dealing with right now, but I know life well enough to know that most of us are dealing with something. And I could promise you that God will sweep in and rescue you from that something, but I won’t do that because the chances are that He will walk with you through it rather than pull you out of it. I’ve had some firsthand experience with that, as I’m sure most of us have.

The good thing about going through something is that you learn lessons and glean wisdom that you would miss out on if you were spared the ordeal. This is the great reward that comes with any “through” experience. You come out the other end of it with a deeper understanding, a fresh perspective, an ability to relate better to others, and, ideally, a reinforced faith. Therefore, whenever you find that God doesn’t abort the process of what you are having to endure, just stick with Him as He takes you through the circumstance. Always keep in mind that He’s teaching you some things. The question is: Are you learning them?

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