Are there trials that threaten to swallow you up? In this devotional, we’ll meditate on the Lord’s promise to be with us and allow us to pass through the hard waters in life.

Our Verse of the Week

I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. 

Isaiah 43:2a


This was a daily verse last week from YouVersion, and was shared by a few friends on social media. I’m so thankful they did–I’m clinging to it as my family goes through a tough season right now.  

It’s also a great reminder to me of how far I’ve come in my journey to incorporate scripture in my life. In my Christian walk before meditation and a quieter lifestyle, I would have missed these themes and patterns the Lord is giving me.

He’s been speaking to me through water a lot lately: imagery in my paintings, verses that resonate, and even beautiful moments by our pond with my family. Three weeks ago, I was meditating on Jesus creating in me a well of eternal life. Over the past few months, I’ve been sitting quietly with the images of the Spirit as water pouring over me, refreshing me, and comforting me which has come out in some of my paintings. And now, when things are tough, the Father is promising me passage through rough waters. 

And interestingly, about a year ago, we meditated on the verse just before this one:

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine

Isaiah 43:1

Maybe next year, we’ll move on to the second half of this week’s verse. I’m adding it here because maybe the Lord is helping you through a fire time right now rather than a rough water time:

You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you.

Isaiah 43:2b

He is good, and He speaks, but we have to be tuned in. We can’t tune in to Him without turning down some of the world.

Suggested Meditation

Below is a look at my dialogue with the Holy Spirit while meditating on this passage. I meditate on the same verse every day for at least a week, and this is just a model to get you started. Meditating on scripture is a very personal journey and relationship with God, but you may find my Meditation Guide helpful. Subscribe now to my Newsletter and get immediate access to a Free Printable Library that includes meditation guidelines, a Meditation Journal Page, Scripture Writing pages, and bookmarks for this verse.

I will be with you: Father, thank you for not leaving me alone. My strength is insufficient, but yours is mighty. I lean into your presence and know that you surround me.

when you pass: “When” … it’s inevitable that I will encounter moving and frightening waters. Thank you Father, for giving me hope and a promise.

through the waters,: Sometimes the water is ankle deep, sometimes it’s waist deep, and yet you promise me that I’ll move through all of them. They weigh me down, and I feel heavy. Each step is laborious and uncertain, and yet you promise that I’ll continue on. Thank you Lord. Thank you.

and when you pass: Your presence is continual through all the passages I face. You’re not a one-time Lord. You’re not a sometimes Father. You’re infinitely repeating and faithful through all trials. I’m humbled that you’re here with me in the heaviness of life.

through the rivers,: Sometimes the waters are moving. They’re high and rushing. I fear I can’t even take a step forward; I can’t get my bearings and chaos swirls around me. Father … you’re here.

they will not overwhelm you: You will not lose me to the chaos. You will not lose me to the swirling uncertainty. You are my God. I am yours. You are calling to me from the safe shore, and are with me in the waters. I will not be overwhelmed, for I am already redeemed and deeply loved.

Suggested Breath Prayers

For more info on Breath Prayers, visit the article You’re Just a Breath Away From God.

With me

Pass through water

Pass through rivers

Not Overwhelmed

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