Let’s start with a check-in challenge. Make it a point to check in with someone each day – including today – that you haven’t heard from lately just to make sure they are doing OK, see if they need help or whatever. Many of us have been doing this already, so thank you. We have a special opportunity right now to practice Christ’s command to love one another. With disrupted schedules and lengthy hours in our own homes, we can easily fall into an out-of-sight, out-of-mind pattern. We can overcome it by getting in touch – by checking in – with someone that we can’t see.
Also, these words that God gave to ancient Israel make an encouraging promise for his people today. We can see them as a reminder that trials, even severe trials, are to be expected. At the same time we are encouraged to trust in the Lord who will see us through them.
(Isaiah 43:2) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.