God Doesn’t Always Rescue Us, But He's Always with Us

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{Guest Devotional by Chris Morris}

When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:2-3 (MSG)

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I awoke in the middle of the night because I felt something warm against my leg. 

Confused, I turned to my pregnant wife to awaken her. As my eyes adjusted to the dark, I saw our bed was covered in blood. 

Oh my God, was she miscarrying? Help – I don’t know what to do! 

God didn’t keep my wife from miscarrying.

We still lost our baby. We cried and cried for days. It was hard. The hardest moment in our young marriage. 

Yet my God answered my plea for help. 

God almost physically guided my steps as I threw on some clothes. I felt His strength as I lifted my wife in my arms and carried her to the hospital. His knowledge reminded me where the hospital was as I drove in a panic to the hospital. Gods love warmed me and my wife as we wept for our lost child. 

God did not rescue us from this tragedy, but He didn’t abandon us either. 

God can’t, because He is faithful. Every day. All the time. No matter what. Even when it hurts. 

So often in our faith we miss the nuances of passages like this one in Isaiah. We want our God to take care of us by removing our pain or keeping us safe from harm. But this is not the promise of God here, or many other places in Scripture. 

God promises His presence, not His rescue. (tweet this)

God promises hope, not deliverance.

God promises salvation, not a life of ease.

We can look at the Exodus narrative and see the same thing. Many of the plagues affected the Israelites and the Egyptians. 

God keeps us from drowning, but we will get wet. We will be squeezed, but never abandoned.

When we expect something God never promised, we set ourselves up for disappointment. (tweet this)

Let’s stop trusting God to keep us from danger or pain or sorrow or sadness. 

Instead, let’s choose to believe God will guide us through the storms to the other side. This gritty kind of faith gives us more than fairy tales. We will have stories to share with the world of God’s enduring goodness.

When have you seen God walk with you through dark times?

Chris Morris{About Chris Morris: The Author Of This Guest Devotional}
Chris Morris writes about how to hang on to hope when a busted life and faith collide. He is a writer before dawn, a CPA by day, and a loving husband and father of 4 all the time. You can read his blog at chrismorriswrites.com, follow him on Twitter and find him on Facebook

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