(Winslow, "The Man of God Divinely Prospered")
"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:" Isaiah 43:2-3
Jesus is with us....
to counsel our perplexities,
to guide our feet,
to supply our need,
to deliver us from the power of our enemies,
to keep us from all evil, and
to bring us home to glory!
To have Jehovah with us is....
to be encircled by every divine perfection;
to be encompassed by a wall of fire which no foe can penetrate;
to dwell in the munition of rocks;
to have our bread and our water sure;
to have ever at our side a flowing spring in drought;
to have the shadow of a great rock in the heat;
to have a table in the wilderness;
to have the divine cloud and fire safely conducting our journey homeward.
Precious presence of the Lord! It is....
a shield of adamant,
a garden of delights,
a tower of strength,
a portion of heaven come down to earth.
Child of God! Jesus is with you in all your history!
Let faith deal with this truth in all its battles and its trials. You may seem and feel at times alone. The sun may withdraw itself, and the stars of night may be draped in cloud. Dark, and dreary, and lonesome may be your way. Nevertheless, let faith, whose most brilliant achievements are when it is the most opposed to sense, grapple with thus truth. "I am kept, guided, watched over, encircled by the Unseen God. The Lord is with me, and I will endure as seeing Him who is invisible."