STRENGTH IN THE SEA OF TROUBLE

Grace For The Journey

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14Nov  Regardless of where this finds you today, could you use a little extra strength to get you through everything you are going through?  If you could use a word of encouragement, read on!

The Bible says in Zechariah 10:11-12, “‘They will pass through the sea of trouble; the surging sea will be subdued and all the depths of the Nile will dry up . . . I will strengthen them in the LORD and in His name they will walk,’ declares the LORD.

Notice a few things that God told His people through the prophet Zechariah.

First, they would find themselves in the sea of trouble. The people of God were never promised calm seas . . . only safe passage. “They will pass through the sea of trouble,” the Lord said.  This means that whatever you are currently going through, you are going through it.

You will be brought out on the other side by God’s mighty hand!

Next, God promises to strengthen His people as they are passing through the sea of trouble.  So instead of getting weaker along the way, as we would expect in the economy of this world, God promises that we will go from strength to strength.  The Bible says in Psalm 84:7, “They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.”  You may be thinking, “How is that possible?”  It is possible because we go – not in our name – but “in His name,” and . . .

There is power in the name of our God!

Finally, notice that the strength our Lord gives us causes us to walk, which suggests forward progress.  It’s true that it is possible for us to walk backwards, and at times we do just that in our proverbial “one step forward and two steps back” mode of growth in the Lord.  But here God is assuring us through His Word that He will give us the strength to go through everything He is calling us to go through.

So regardless of the “surging sea” you may be facing today, it will be subdued in the name of your Savior!  There is a special word of comfort when God says in the above passage, “the depths of the Nile will dry up.”

Imagine what power and might would be required to make that happen!

Just like the children of Israel who walked along on dry ground, with surging walls of water on both sides as God parted the Red Sea, God will dry up any “surging sea” you may be facing today.

Oh, by the way . . . do you remember the end of the Red Sea story?  God caused the waters to swallow up all the pursuing enemies of His people.  The Bible records in Exodus 14:28, “The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen – the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.”

Call on His name today; He is ready to do the same for you right now!

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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